One of the drawbacks with the Raspberry Pi is that the standard Debian image can be a little slow (but for less than £30 its still amazing). The good news is that there is a new image on the way that it is an optimised port of Debian on the way called Raspbian. According to the post on the Raspberry Pi blog the Raspbian image is hard-float optimised and is “so much faster”  that previous images.

The image should be available of the next few days, time to get another SD card!


We’re hoping to release an official image based on Raspbian, the hard-float optimised port of the Debian operating system for the Raspberry Pi, over the next few days. Raspbian makes use of the floating-point hardware in the processor at the heart of the Raspberry Pi, an optimisation that we hadn’t been able to take advantage of in our previous soft-float Debian Squeeze and Wheezy releases.

Raspbian is so much faster than the images we’ve been using so far, and we’re really excited about it; we’ll be encouraging all of you Raspberry Pi owners to upgrade to it as soon as it’s available on our downloads page.

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