Raspberry Pi

After a month and a half of obsessively checking for status updates, I finally received my Raspberry Pi yesterday. I love it!

The first thing I noticed after booting up the stock Debian image was that things are set up for British users. Most annoyingly, the symbols on the keyboard weren’t where I expected them to be. To arrive at a more Canadian configuration, I did the following.

First, I changed the system locale, turning off en_GB.UTF-8 and turning on en_CA.UTF-8:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

Next, I changed the keyboard layout:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

Next, I changed the time zone:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

And finally, I changed to a Canadian Debian mirror by editing the “sources.list” file:

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

On the first line, I changed “ftp.uk.debian.org” to “ftp.ca.debian.org”:

deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main

# Nokia Qt5 development
deb http://archive.qmh-project.org/rpi/debian/ unstable main

After rebooting (sudo reboot) and updating my package list (sudo apt-get update) I had a pleasantly Canadian Pi. :-)