Minibian is a small and lightweight Raspbian-based Linux image for Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2.
Minibian is using the stable distribution and is therefore fully compatible with official Raspbian image. However it does not include the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and other unneeded tools, like LibreOffice. This keeps the total space down to roughly 300-350 mb space and only 34 mb of ram when booted.
You will need a ethernet cable, as wifi is not included in the minibian image.
Step 1: Login on Raspberry Pi
After you have downloaded an installed minibian onto a microsd card (You can do that using SD Formatter V4 and win32 disk imager if using Windows).
user: root password: raspberry
Change the password using passwd and enter your preferred password
Step 2: Install Necessary Tools on Minibian
As minibian is a bare raspberry pi image, it is missing some tools. Let us install nano, raspi-config, rpi-update and some usb utilities,
apt-get update<br>apt-get install nano rpi-update raspi-config usbutils dosfstools apt-utils
and install sudo, which let you use sudo on normal users that we will add later in this guide,
apt-get install sudo
Step 3: Run raspi-config
and choose 1) expand filesystem and 8) overclock if you want to play with that. Also if you want, you can change your hostname by going to 9) advanced options and A2) hostname.
Hit finish and restart your Raspberry Pi. Shouldn’t take more than 20-25 seconds to reboot.
Step 4: Change settings on Raspberry Pi
Step 4.1: Update Firmware on Raspberry Pi
Update the latest firmware by entering,
This might take a few minutes. A reboot is needed to activate the new firmware
Step 4.2: Setup Wifi in Raspberry Pi
If you need wireless go ahead and install the following packages,
apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree wireless-tools wpasupplicant
Step 4.3: Add User on Raspberry Pi
Next stop, adding a user. Let us go with the default pi user this time and make the pi user a sudo user. Go ahead and type
adduser pi<br>usermod -a -G sudo pi
Step 4.4: Cleanup Settings on Raspberry Pi
Clean up by typing in
Reboot and login with your newly created user.
Now you have a fully working Raspberry Pi that only use roughly 34 mb of ram on initial startup.
Go ahead and install LAMP server on your Raspberry Pi 2 server now.