It’s a good job I bought a job lot of SD cards as there is something else to test. There is a public beta of the wheezy build of Debain for the Raspberry Pi available which also includes the latest firmware and kernal patches.

The download will fit on a 2GB SD card but they recommend a 4GB as it will leave you more room for installing software (I picked up a job lot of 16GB cards).

Download links and details from the Raspberry Pi blog

Alex has produced a new reference image based on the upcoming Debian “wheezy” release. This incorporates Dom’s latest firmware, and numerous kernel patches for performance and stability. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be running a public beta program to identify major bugs, and in particular regressions relative to the existing Debian “squeeze” image.

Although this is a beta release, you will almost definitely find it a worthwhile upgrade. Please give it a try, and report issues here.


Direct download


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Thanks to everyone on the forums who tested an earlier version of this release, and in particular to lb for investigating SD card performance issues and contributing patches. Notes:

  • It will fit on a 2GB SD card, but 4GB will leave you with a more comfortable amount of room; we now include a tool to make it easy to resize the filesystem to use the full SD card.
  • Future firmware updates will be delivered via apt-get upgrade.
  • The first boot is expected to be slower than subsequent boots.

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