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
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. 🙂
UPDATE: Rohan Kapoor has turned these instructions into an excellent tutorial with lots of screenshots: “Americanizing” the Raspberry Pi. I highly recommend it if you’re a beginner having trouble following my instructions.