The Raspberry Pi is here. Some tests just to begin….


at the end, it arrived; I opened the box and made some tests.

First I want to say that the PCB is very clean, but I would prefer the SD CARD socket was located in a different position, now the SD CARD go out from the PCB, or out of the Raspberry box.

To try the Raspberry Pi I bought a 4GB SDHC (Class 4)  manufactured by Kingstom, and I downloaded Raspbian "wheezy" from the following lik:

Raspbian "wheezy" is a reference root filesystem from Alex and Dom, based on the Raspbian optimised version of Debian, and containing LXDE, Midori, development tools and example source code for multimedia functions.

I also bought a USB->Wifi dongle from TP-LINK the model I chose is the TP-LINK TL-WN727N, a HDMI cable to connect the Raspberry Pi to my 19" TV from Nikkey, and a USB HUB so I can connect a Mouse, a Keyboard and the USB->Wifi Dongle.

Last, as power supply I'm using a Cell Phone power supply from Samsung, I'm using the one sold with the Samsung Next.

Let's start.

I "burned" the operating system on the SD Card, using Win32DiskImager.exe tool runnning on my laptop.

Just few minutes to connect all the stuff and I was ready to run.

The first time, the system boots in about 20 seconds and starts with raspy-config. An interface to configure raspbian, similar to the make menuconfig of the kernel.

I set up the system to start up with the gui and I enabled the ssh daemon. Last I have expanded the rootfs onto the whole SD Card, then I rebooted the Raspberry Pi.

The reboot take a couple of minutes, then I rebooted the system to compute how much time it takes to boot normally, it takes about 35 seconds. A good result for a non tuned system.

Here you are my first screenshot

I was very excited!!!!

Now the food news, the raspbian distribution has recognized all the hardware I have connected to the board, let's take a look to the lsusb command:

# lsusb

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9512 Standard Microsystems Corp. 

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp. 

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 05ac:1002 Apple, Inc. Extended Keyboard Hub [Mitsumi]

Bus 001 Device 011: ID 046d:c00e Logitech, Inc. M-BJ58/M-BJ69 Optical Wheel Mouse

Bus 001 Device 007: ID 05ac:0205 Apple, Inc. Extended Keyboard [Mitsumi]

Bus 001 Device 008: ID 148f:5370 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter

Bus 001 Device 010: ID 0781:5151 SanDisk Corp. Cruzer Micro Flash Drive

As you can see, the USB subsystem has recognized the 4-Port HUB, the Apple Keyboard HUB, the Apple Keyboard, the logitech muse, the TP-LINKWN727N Wifi Dongle and the 4GB Sandisk drive without problems.

And in the dmesg buffer I can see both the LAN's (eth0 and wlan0)

# dmesg


[    3.173856] smsc95xx 1-1.1:1.0: eth0: register 'smsc95xx' at usb-bcm2708_usb-1.1, smsc95xx USB 2.0 Ethernet, b8:27:eb:f5:2a:a2

[    7.468829] usb 1-1.3.2: new high-speed USB device number 8 using dwc_otg
[    7.617400] usb 1-1.3.2: New USB device found, idVendor=148f, idProduct=5370
[    7.648449] usb 1-1.3.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[    7.681272] usb 1-1.3.2: Product: 802.11 n WLAN
[    7.711061] usb 1-1.3.2: Manufacturer: TPlink
[    7.737340] usb 1-1.3.2: SerialNumber: 1.0

Then I've updated the package database
# sudo apt-get update

I've installed vim (anr removed vim.tiny)
# sudo apt-get install vim

Last I've installed the xtool-apps because I had the need of xwd to grab the follwoing images

# sudo apt-get install x11-apps

the following pictures have been taken using xwd

The tool bar

the xmag application

the wificonfig application

See you soon, I'm going to post how to check the temperature and how to use the leds….

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