What software will you need?

  • Win32 Disk Imager: You will need this free software to install the Raspbian image on your Raspberry Pi and make your own custom image in a later phase. Install the program after downloading the file (just follow the onscreen instructions).

 

  • Archiving program: The Raspbian image comes in a compressed .zip file. You’ll need to unpack the image in that .zip file. For this you can use WinRar, 7zip or similar software. You probably already have that installed.
    • Download for Windows
    • Be sure to download the version that corresponds with your OS architecture (32 or 64 bit). To determine this go to start > type CMD > press enter > wmic os get osarchitecture

 

  • Notepadd++: During the course of this project, we will have to modify important files on our Raspberry Pi. For this we need a ASCII text-editor such as Notepad++. It's a free tool that has a clear and simple to use interface; it also shows the line-numbers next to each string. 
    • Download for Windows
    • Be sure to download the version that corresponds with your OS architecture (32 or 64 bit). To determine this go to start > type CMD > press enter > wmic os get osarchitecture
    • Alternatives are: Markdown, Atom, ...

 

  • Raspbian image file: Don't mistake an image for a picture. In this context an image a snapshot made of an entire system, stored in an .IMG file. This file stores all boot sectors, preferences etc... In other words, it's an exact copy of a certain system. In this specific case it's a 'snapshot' of a default Raspbian distribution. Downloading it takes a while as the file is pretty big (1,41GB). For the Pi-Lib project we will use "RASPBIAN JESSIE WITH PIXEL", be sure to choose the correct version. You have two ways of downloading this file, by torrent or straight through the browser. If you aren't fammiliar with .torrent-files, click the "Download ZIP" button. Now wait for the download to complete.

 

  • Pi-Assistant: This is a freely available tool with a click-interface I made, with the most common commands you will need in configuring your Raspberry Pi. By using this tool, you can limit the need for typing code in your terminal. Read the instructions carefully before using this tool as it will give you write-access to some core files of your Raspberry Pi.

 

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