Debian Squeeze image onto my windows XP netbook (my only computer with an SD card writer) and write it to my 8GB SD card (using Win32DiskImager as per these instructions).
With the SD card ready I connected up my Pi.
- 4 port powered USB hub - this expands the 2 built in USB ports to 5 USB ports. However, I'm using one of the hub ports plus a micro USB cable to power the Pi which only leaves me with 4 ports available.
- 16GB USB memory stick for extra storage.
- Combined USB keyboard/mouse wireless receiver.
- HDMI cable from the Pi to my projector which I will use as the screen.
After all this I was rewarded with a login prompt requiring me to head back to the OS downloads page to check the default username and password. Once logged in I set the clock at the suggestion of the welcome message and then considered my next move.
I ultimately want to connect my Pi over wifi and I have an old WG111T USB wifi radio lying around. My first real challenge is to get this USB wifi working. While I work on this I dug out a huge network cable to stretch across my room to my router and hooked up my Pi. Amazingly, after a few seconds the Pi had successfully DHCP'd and I could ping www.google.com. At this point I decided to make my Pi experience a bit prettier and ran startx to launch the GUI.
Before I got my Pi I had been encouraged about the possibility of getting my USB wifi working thanks to the list of verified hardware which included the WG111. Unfortunately the verified version was the WG111v2 not the WG111T so I am in fact stepping into uncharted territory. My next post will detail my progress with this task.