I choose the soft float Debian based ‘wheezy’ for compatibility with the java VM
I used a 16Gb SDcard and installed the image
I followed the guide here:
Using system tools (mostly graphical interface)
- Download the image from a mirror or torrent
- Extract the image by double clicking on the download file
- Connect the SD card reader with the SD card inside; note: must be formatted in FAT32!
- From the Apple () menu, choose About This Mac, then click on More info…; if you are using Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion then click on System report.
- Click on USB (or Card Reader if using an in-built SD card reader) then search for your SD card in the upper right section of the window; click it, then search for BSD name in the lower right section: must be something like diskn where n is a number (for example, disk4). Note this number
- Unmount the partition so that you will be allowed to overwrite the disk by opening Disk Utility and unmounting it (do not eject it, or you have to reconnect it). Note: On Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion, “Verify Disk” (before unmounting) will display the BSD name as “/dev/disk1s1″ (or similar), allowing you to skip the previous two steps.
- From the Terminal run:
- sudo dd if=path_of_your_image.img of=/dev/diskn bs=1m
- Remember to replace n with the number that you noted before!
- Wait a LONG time! (or see the note above about using /dev/rdisk#…)
- You’re done! Insert it in the Raspberry Pi, and have fun
Once i’d got the os booting, I expanded the filesystem to make full use of the space on the SDCard. Next came the software installation.