Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi 2

Yes, I already have a couple of Raspberry Pi, but I had to get one of the new Raspberry Pi 2 (model B), to check out its increased processing power with OpenCV and image processing.

So, lets install it. The Arch Linux install page is here. This new RPi2 has a new ARMv7l Cortex-A7 quad-core! Arch Linux has a new distro page dedicated to it. If you want to install the previous RPi model you can also follow my notes, you just have to get the correct SD image here.

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Arch Linux install on Virtualbox VM

I’ve installed Arch Linux in a few VM’s (Virtualbox / Windows 7) and each time it is slightly different. These are my notes from a successful install. Virtualbox v4.3.22, Arch Linux 2015/02/01.

Start by downloading the ISO image of the latest Arch Linux distro, use the torrent link to go faster. You can use Deluge, an open source torrent client. Burn it to a CD so it can have it at hand. InfraRecorder works great and it is open source.

Start Virtualbox and create a VM, if you type “Arch” in the new VM name it will automatically change the type to linux and the version to Arch linux 64 bit, nice! I want a small VM so I just configure 1024Mb of RAM and 50Gb of virtual hard drive.

Insert your Arch Linux CD and start the new VM, sometimes you need to go to Devices menu and set your CD reader, sometimes it is already done for you.

Boot your system from the CD /first option) until you get the shell prompt, then using fdisk create new partitions in your new virtual drive. There are lots of info on how to create partitions so I wont get into details. Anyway I was following the Arch Linux documentation, the installation guide is great.

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