I have had a Raspberry Pi lying around for ages now and finally found some time to play with it. After quite some research I decided to first set up a basic system that I can easily use to start from when I think of a new usage for a Pi. Since I like keeping “full control” over everything I do it would mean setting everything up from scratch without relying too much on existing pre-built images. The only image I tried was (the excellent) Raspbmc to verify quickly that XBMC would run smooth enough to pass the WAT (Wife Acceptancy Test).
The system I had in mind when starting should provide the following:
- Remote boot using NFS as root fs (thus enabling the usage of cheap, small SD cards)
- Easily create a full SD card when stand-alone device is required
- Gentoo based (yes, I do love that distro for its simplicity)
- Distcc enabled for faster compilations (I don’t love Gentoo enough to let a Raspberry compile everything on its own)