Ok, so you’ve got your Raspberry Pi, you’ve put Debian Squeeze on an SD card – now what?
This is what I did. Not all of it may be applicable to you, but some of it is definitely a good idea.
Once the Pi has booted, you can login using Username Pi, and password raspberry.
These are default login credentials, so everyone knows them – We should change the default password on this account.
Once logged in, use the following command:
This will ask you for the old and the new password for the pi account.
Now since this is a known account, I like to create my own user account, with:
sudo adduser rob
(Don’t forget to change “rob” to whatever username you would like) This will ask for a few details, and for a password for the account.
if you want to be able to do system administration with this account, we need to add it to the sudoers file, so type:
There will be a section in there that looks like this:
root ALL=(ALL) ALL suse ALL=(ALL) ALL pi ALL=(ALL) ALL
add another line with your username:
root ALL=(ALL) ALL suse ALL=(ALL) ALL pi ALL=(ALL) ALL rob ALL=(ALL) ALL
Press Ctrl-K and then X to save and exit
You can then logout, and log back in with your own user account:
For GPU-accelerated video, we need to install omxplayer. This is a command-line utility that will play h264 videos.
I’ve cobbled together a short install script, which you can download and run using the command line:
edit :- this is now available in the repositories via apt-get:
sudo apt-get install omxplayer
omxplayer can be run using:
omxplayer <video file>
omxplayer -o hdmi <video file>
to output the sound via HDMI instead of the analogue port.