Help us test our new Raspberry Pi Bootstrap #piday #raspberrypi


A while ago, Adafruit released Occidentalis, a derivative of the Raspbian project tweaked for hardware hacking:

Adafruit <3 Raspberry Pi – especially how easy it is to hack circuits using the electronics breakout pins! But sadly, the latest official distro “July 15 Raspbian Wheezy” did not have many of the delicious hackables built in. That’s why we decided to roll our own distribution.

Today we’re announcing a new open source project which includes:

  1. A graphical Pi Finder application that will make it easy to find and configure a new Raspberry Pi on your network
  2. A new version of Occidentalis, built as a package repository you can use from a normal Raspbian install
  3. Additional configuration helpers for controlling basic system settings from a simple text file on your SD card

This is still an early beta, and there’s a lot of work to be done yet, but we’d love your feedback on where we’re at right now.

Interested?  Head to GitHub and check out the README, which has detailed instructions, or jump right to the release page and grab an archive for your operating system of choice.

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  1. The bootstrap works great on my Model B Rev 1.0. This program will be VERY handy. How about adding a convenient “Shutdown” button to gracefully shut down the Raspberry Pi?

  2. @Randy: I added a feature request here: https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Pi-Finder/issues/17

  3. Shutdown can be done with sudo poweroff.

    I like Adafruit’s efforts and it should be well received by the Pi community.

  4. Can I install the text file config utility only? I have to clone some sad cards and it would make it much easier to set the host names so there isn’t any conflicts. Thanks for the great work!

  5. Sure thing – you should be able to add the Adafruit package repository and install the occi utility pretty easily. Try the following – first get a shell under sudo; it’ll save some typing:

    sudo -s


    echo "deb http://apt.adafruit.com/raspbian/ wheezy main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    wget -O - -q https://apt.adafruit.com/apt.adafruit.com.gpg.key | apt-key add -
    apt-get update && apt-get install occi

    And you should have the configuration utility. “man occi” should have everything you need to get started with it.

    This is most of what the general install script does; you can see that here if you’re curious:


    Let us know if any of that doesn’t work…

  6. Thanks Brennan,
    It worked perfectly. I had to reboot for it to work as I got an error because occidentalis package was not found.
    anyway, you made my life a whole lot easier.

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