MINIBIAN 2013-07-05 is out!

My first release is out.
The image was obtainted using Raspbian Installer with the following options:

  • Language: English
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Keyboard Layout: British English
  • Mirror archive:
  • Directory: /raspbian/
  • Partiton: removed swap partition and created new ext4 partition (850Mb size)
  • Software to install: Standard system utilities and SSH Server

Then some other offline steps were taken on SD Card in order to optimize system:

  • Added gpu_mem=16 options in /boot/config.txt for setting GPU memory size
  • Added elevator=deadline option in /boot/cmdline.txt for setting right disk scheduler
  • Corrected mount point in /boot/cmdline.txt (after swap partition removing the kernel couldn’t find mount point)
  • Added noatime,nodiratime,commit=120 options in /etc/fstab for better SD Card performance and reliability
  • Added –noclear option in /etc/inittab in order to avoid screen clean at boot
  • Added ip address showing script in /etc/rc.local
  • Removed MAC address in udev rules in order to work with different RPI hardware
  • Added daily scheduled fstrim command for /
  • Zeroed free space in /boot and in / for better image compressing
  • Created and compressed image

The MINIBIAN main features are indicated here.

So, those are the steps i made for creating this release. As you can see basically this is the same kernel and binary of official image, but quite smaller and with better performance.
You can download this image, following this link at sourceforge:


8 thoughts on “MINIBIAN 2013-07-05 is out!

  1. Thanks, this image is very useful. Just what I need to set up a lightweight RPi server for my new server at

    It’s actually more lightweight than you claimed. Ignoring buffers and cache (which are dynamic) the image used only 19MB of RAM after boot.

    The only thing that’s still missing from any Pi images I’ve found is LVM support for the root filesystem.

  2. Great idea but unable to update it. apt-get update gives the following:
    #apt-get update
    Err wheezy Release.gpg
    Could not resolve ‘’
    Err wheezy Release.gpg
    Could not resolve ‘’
    Reading package lists… Done
    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ‘’

    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ‘’

    W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  3. thanks a lot for that.
    Finally a perfect mini rasbian

  4. Thank you! Keep up the good work. This is the perfect server distribution!

  5. This is exactly what I need !
    But, dont you need a screen and a mouse to install it the first time ?
    What are the steps to install it ?

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