Raspberry Pi 2

Hardware requirements

  • 1x Raspberry Pi 2 (recommended: 1 GB memory)
  • 1x micro SD card (minimum: 4 GB, recommended: 16 GB)

Preparing the SD card

  1. Download the latest build of the Paradrop disk image

  2. Insert the SD card into the machine you used to download the image and find the device node for the card. This is often “/dev/sdb”, but please make sure, as the next command will overwrite the contents of whatever device you pass.

  3. Copy (“flash”) the Paradrop image to the SD card.:

    xzcat paradrop-pi2.img.xz | sudo dd of=<DEVICE> bs=32M status=progress; sync
  4. Insert the SD card in the Raspberry Pi and proceed to power it.

Please note that in order to make the SD card bootable, it is not enough to copy the disk image file to an existing filesystem on the SD card. Instead, one must overwrite the contents of the SD card including MBR, partition table, and data with the provided disk image. In Linux, you can do this with the dd command. If you are using Windows, we suggest using the win32-image-writer tool. Follow the Sourceforge link to download the installer.

First Boot

The first time you boot the target device, ensure that it is connected to a wired network. Identify the IP address that the Raspberry Pi device received from the network and proceed to the activation step described in the section Quick Start.