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3. Building the SD card

An SD card must be prepared containing the Pidora operating system and the JNOS software. The image can be downloaded from
The web site contains instructions and links to software for installing the image on the card. Basically, there are two approaches. Linux and the Macintosh include a command line utility called dd which is suited to the job. This is available for Windows, but dd is quite a dangerous application, so an alternative is preferred.
Fedora provides a graphical user interface application for this purpose called ARM Image Installer. The application is straightforward to use and is available on Windows and Linux.
Platform ARM Image Installer dd
Windows Available Not recommended
Macintosh Not available Included in OS
Linux Available Included in OS
Table 2. Installation Tools

Once the image is on the SD card, it should be booted on the Raspberry Pi. When booted the first time, Pidora will ask a number of questions. These are all simple such as time zone, default user name and passwords, etc. There are no special requirements; simply provide the obvious answers.
After first boot, the system will boot again. During this second pass, the system will appear to hang for a while. During this time the image is being resized to fill the SD card. The larger the card the longer this will take.
No other preparation is necessary. Simply log on to Pidora using the password you provided a few minutes earlier, and proceed to the configuration step.