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Raspberry Pi Networking Cookbook - Second Edition by Rick Golden

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Convert and copy for Linux – dd

This recipe explains how to install an operating system image on an SD card using the dd standard Linux utility.

You should have already downloaded a Raspberry Pi disk image, and you should now be ready to write the disk image onto an SD card using a Linux PC.

Most versions of Linux and Mac OS have the dd command installed. This powerful version of the copy command (cp) can be used to write blocks of data to devices such as an SD card.

Once you've completed this recipe, you will be able to write an SD card from a Linux computer.

Getting ready

Here are the ingredients:

  • A computer running Linux with an SD card writer
  • An SD card with a capacity of 4 GB or greater (class 10 has the best performance)
  • A Raspberry Pi operating ...

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