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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Downloading a Linux Distribution

You’ll need to use another computer to set up the SD card. It doesn’t matter whether you use a Windows, Mac OS, or Linux machine, but you need to have the ability to write to SD cards using it and a connection to the Internet.

The first step is to download the distribution you want to use. If you’re using a recommended distribution, start by opening your web browser and going to the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s downloads page (www.raspberrypi.org/ downloads). This page lists several different distributions, and each one has two ways to download it:

check.png You can use a BitTorrent file. This enables you to download the Linux distribution in small pieces from a number of other users, and then combine it into the single file you want. It’s a fast and effective way to download large files, and it helps to save the Raspberry Pi Foundation money on its web hosting bills. To use this option, you need to have a BitTorrent application installed on your computer. Because of that, this option is best suited to those who already use BitTorrent for file sharing.

check.png You can also use a direct download, which downloads the file in one go using your web browser. When you click the link for a direct download, you’re taken to a new web page. After five seconds, your file should ...

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