Pidora Install Guide

This guide will explain how to install Pidora using the NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) zip file provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation on their download’s page. This guide will only explain how to install Pidora as the ONLY OS on the SD card !!

You will need an SD card formatted to FAT32 and either the NOOBS.zip file or the NOOBS Lite.zip file from the Raspberry Pi downloads page. The process is amazingly simple, once downloaded all you have to do is extract the .zip file onto the SD card using the program of your choice (Linux = 7zip/PeaZip/Ark/etc Windows = WinZip/7-Zip/PeaZip/etc).

Once this is done plug the SD card into the Pi and turn it on, it will start re-sizing partitions and creating new ones, when it is finished you will be left with 3 partitions on your SD card, the normal 2 and an additional recovery partition. You will be greeted by a selection of operating systems to choose from, select Pidora and click the “Install” button. You will see a warning appear about over-writing all existing data, click “Yes”, it will start installing Pidora on your system for you, sit back and grab a drink, when it’s done you will see a pop-up notifying you that the OS has been successfully installed, click “OK”.

Once it has rebooted you will be welcomed by a little setup agent to help finish the last of the configuration/install. Next is the License information, read through it and click “Forward” where you will be led to a keyboard selection screen, pick the one appropriate for you from the list and then click “Forward”.

Now we will create the user, fill in all the desired information and tick the box marked “Add to Administrators Group”, using the advanced only settings if necessary, then click “Forward” and you will be taken to a screen to create the root users password, when you have filled in the 2 boxes click “Forward”.

The next 2 screens deal with the date and time and the timezone information, fill these out as required and proceed to the next screen. On the next screen we resize the root filesystem and make a swap if one is desired. The last screen we can change the Pi’s hostname and set the video configuration, once you have done click the “Finish” button and your Pi will reboot.

Log in using the details you created earlier and you will be asked if you want a default panel for you first session or a blank one, choose default unless you know how to set one up already. You should see a screen looking something similar to this :

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Have a look around and familiarise yourself with the desktop, it is the XFCE desktop environment. Once again have fun exploring !

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