Feb 142013
 

Version 2.4 has been released. Pick it up here

Overview

Raspbian Server Edition is Raspian with a lot of the GUI and other non-essential utilities stripped out. It’s meant to be used as an easy to deploy base for servers of any kind. It keeps the core of Raspbian with no extra utilities slapped on.

Details

Raspbian Server Edition 2.3 is based on the 2013-02-09 release of Raspbian. Disk usage is down to around 570 megabytes.

I’ve stripped out approx 283 packages in this release. The full list can be found here.

An image is also available for your downloading pleasure.
The tar.gz version can be found here

SHA1 Hash :
5ca2ea00f9378f64d27451e3abd0cc16a984bb80 RSEv2.3.tar.gz


Please support the continued development of Raspbian Server Edition by donating !




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Feb 122013
 

So I recently got my original 256MB Raspberry Pi operational again. I decided to try out Motion on it as I hadn’t tried it out on the Pi before.

Starting out with a fresh install of Raspbian Server Edition, I apt-getted motion with sudo apt-get install motion which installed all the relevant packages. I plugged in my Logitech C110 webcam, which got detected beautifully.

Afterwards, I modified /etc/motion/motion.conf to configure the settings
The following code block contains the important bit of the settings that I used

width 320
height 240
framerate 5
threshold 4500
quality 50
webcam_quality 25
webcam_maxrate 5
webcam_localhost off
control_localhost off

After modifying /etc/motion/motion.conf, I modified /etc/default/motion to enable the daemon to start, and started motion via the /etc/init.d/motion start command.

Trying to view the feed on the Pi via the web interface was a success !
To view it, simply visit http://pi ip address:8081 and you should get a stream.
With those settings, I get a slight delay in the webcam feed from motion, about 1 second, but nothing major.
CPU is sitting on around 15% with just the feed.
I will trial out some motion detection later on, as well as trying motion out via WiFi as it is currently plugged in to ethernet.

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Feb 082013
 

As a continuation this post, I have completed the first version of the RaspAP WebGUI. I have yet to decide on a good name for it though.

If you would like to download it to try it out, the links to the PHP script and supporting files are here –
Zip Version
tar.gz Version

Specific instructions to install the supported software are in the post linked at the beginning of this post.
For a quick run through, read on !
The Packages required for the WebGUI are –

  • lighttpd (I have version 1.4.31-2 installed via apt)
  • php5-cgi (I have version 5.4.4-12 installed via apt)

along with their supporting packages, php5 will also need to be enabled via the following command and lighttpd restarted.

sudo lighty-enable-mod fastcgi-php
/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

/etc/sudoers will also need to be updated with the following line –


www-data ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:/sbin/ifdown wlan0,/sbin/ifup wlan0,/bin/cat /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf,/bin/cp /tmp/wifidata /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf,/sbin/wpa_cli scan_results,/sbin/wpa_cli scan,/bin/cp /tmp/hostapddata /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf,/etc/init.d/hostapd start,/etc/init.d/hostapd stop,/etc/init.d/dnsmasq start,/etc/init.d/dnsmasq stop,/bin/cp /tmp/dhcpddata /etc/dnsmasq.conf

Once those modifications are done, unzip the files to /var/www and it should be up and running !

Keep in mind that this is a very very first alpha version of this.
In testing, it worked for me, but if you have issues or feedback, please feel free to contact me or comment on this post 🙂 I look forward to hearing back from anyone who has tried this out 🙂

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Dec 312012
 

** UPDATE **
Version 2.3 has been released

I have updated Raspbian server edition with a packagelist that I have stripped out of the 2012-12-16 version of Raspbian.
The packagelist can be found here, and the script to remove them can be found here. 242 packages were removed from the original Raspbian installation.

To use it, download the script and the package list to the same directory, and then run the command ./pkgs.sh pkgs.txt as root to remove the packages.
An image will be available soon.

An image is now available for download.
You can get it here

SHA Signatures for the 2 files
f263d744ed646244cc5278bf5665cdca4d2a8231 RSEv2.2.zip
27814fec6a35a39aa48f1405db03196571080d56 RSEv2.2.img

** Update **
Forgot to mention for any new Linux users, if you are using the image straight off the bat, you may want to regenerate the SSH Server keys for security reasons.
The commands to do this are :

ssh-keygen -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key -N '' -t rsa
ssh-keygen -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key -N '' -t dsa

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Aug 272012
 

** UPDATE **
A new version of RSE has been released.
Grab it here

I’ve just did a small update to Raspbian Server Edition.

Changes –
Updated raspi-config
Raspbian Server Edition is now at the top.
Network configuration has been simplified.
sudo has been reinstalled.

Very slow progress at the moment, but I’m adding features on slowly.

Please, check it out and feel free to send me any feedback.

RSE v2.1 can be downloaded from
Here (ad supported)
or
Here

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