Installation Guide

This quick guide introduces you to the installation process of Moebius Linux, before starting you nee to have this material with you:

  • Your Raspberry PI card
  • an SD card , 1Gb card size is enough, a bigger card is better but it’s not mandatory to have a 4Gb card for a minimal installation like other distributions requires, you just need a 1Gb card for a minimal install. Please note that the installation process will wipe out everything on it
  • Latest version of Moebius, it could be found here in our download area, just download the latest file. Everything in the download area is marked stable, no alpha or beta releases could be found, software here it’s marked as stable (or at least it should be)
  • dd” disk utility, you can use it from Linux or OS-X, Windows users need to use a dd port or windd to do the same, this installation process will describe what happens on linux command line but installation is basically the same on OS-X or windows as well
Download and decompress the image

As already written here you can grab the latest image from our download area, select the latest version and download the file locally, then extract the image

tar -zxvf moebius.minimal.image.1.0.1.tar.gz

Version may vary according to the latest download obviously. There’s just one file in the .tar.gz archive and it’s the image for your SD card

SD card installation

To install the image in your SD card just use dd utility or any kind of graphical frontend to it, the process is really easy, like:

dd bs=1M if=moebius.minimal.image of=/dev/sdX

Block Size: 1Mb, moebius.minimal.image: SD image, /dev/sdX: target SD card device
where “/dev/sdX” is your SD card mounted in your computer, use fdiskutil, dmesg, fdisk or any related utility to discover how your sd is mapped in your PC, please pay attention to your device name, missing a device name or using your primary disk (your hd) may destroy your OS so check your settings carefully

Booting your Raspberry PI

After a minute or two dd finishes the process and you’ll have a ready made bootable card for your Raspberry. Just take it, power on your Raspi and have fun !
This is a barebone image, no fancy settings nor graphical interface, we’ve already informed you about it, after the boot process you’re ready to use your Rasberry PI from a common text login console

Users: root and default password

In the barebone image there’re no additional users, root is the only enabled user, the default password is “raspi“, you can obviously change it after the first boot

raspi-config utility

I’ve kept the same name previously used on Raspbian but this utility is more polished and a totally different. The utility starts automatically after your first login, if you want to recall it later you can simply type “raspi-config” at the command prompt.
The utility allows you to: adapt the image to your SD card space, in fact after the first boot your SD has a 900Mb partition, that’s why it can fit on 1Gb cards as well as on bigger ones. Select the Autoresize option just after running raspi-config, it will boot your Raspberry PI twice but it will resize your root partition to match your real space and it will also create a new swap area as well, this is a unique features available on Moebius only
You can also setup: your keyboard, your locale, timezone and display settings. Timezone, locale and keyboard are just shortcuts to common Debian utils, Display Settings will allow you to change screen overlay on composite video out and change various stuff related to HDMI and PAL/NTSC settings as documented from original Raspberry PI website. I’ve decided to collect all these settings in just one place to facilitate the management

Repositories and upgrades

As already written here this is a trimmed down version of Raspbian, there’s a SSH Daemon and the console, alsa-utils, udev but not much more; we’ve decided to cut out everything else, you can obviously decide to upgrade to a full blown Raspbian just with an atp-get update/ugrade as usual with every Debian spinoff, there’re the same repositories and packages


That’s it, Ideas ? just share !

Do you have any ideas or thoughts about the installation process ? just drop me a note on it and I’ll glad to improve the installation process

  • Posted on 11. September 2012
  • Written by ben

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