The main focus is to have a small, updated and stable distribution that is fully compatible with official Raspbian “wheezy” image, without GUI and unneeded tools.
So this image is perfect for embedded projects, or wherever you need to use all RPi resources for your specific tasks.
The main advantage is that MINIBIAN has a very small footprint, boots in some seconds and uses just few of precious RPi RAM.
Unlike other similar projects, MINIBIAN has not been obtained purging unneeded packages from original image, neither recompiling the source code: it’s just a customized Raspbian installation obtained from the same repository used for official RPi wheezy image.
So kernel and binary files are exactely the same you will find on standard image, with the difference that MINIBIAN fit on 1Gb SD Card, is fastest, and updated more often.
Was looking for a Linux distrib that fits in a 1 GB sd card. Perfect for my needs :)
At last! I've been loking for a "server" version of Raspian for nearly a year, since I had my first pi. I've been having great fun learning while forming pi's into various server roles (household NAS, dlna media server, camera with web streaming, C development, etc). For all these purposes I haven't needed graphics and use the machines "headless", accessing them via ssh over the network. I've therefore been trying to slim down the rasbian image to make it easier and faster to store, backup, copy, etc. As well as to fit onto cheap smaller sd cards. This project is *exactly* what I've been looking for, as it's a "from scratch" build, rather than a hacked about raspian with a lot of artifacts remaining from the unwanted graphics and gaming environments, which is all I could achieve previously. I now have a stored customised minibian image, with a couple of other essentials added (dstat, mdadm, etc) and can cut a fresh card in a couple of minutes! Thanks a lot for this great work, and I hope the foundation put your image on their official download site, as I'm certain many other folks will find it just as useful.