RACHEL-64BITS. Take advantage and install on debian server on any pc

I could install Rachel on a PC with 64-bit architecture.

Sometimes you have a laptop or PC with your screen and your keyboard damaged. I thought it would be good to use this hardware with Rachel.

I felt very happy to achieve it, because many students will have access to Rachel’s contents. That’s why I want to share how it’s done.

I am sorry for the impression of the instructions. When you do complement it.

Install Debian 8.11 Jessie 64bit server version whit user pi, password rachel and hostname rachel

verify /etc/apt/source.list

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

apt-get install phyton curl sudo
Manually download the RachelpiOS master project

Upload to server

Edit the file rachelpiOS/master/installer.py

cd /home/pi/rachelpiOS-master/
sudo -s
nano installer.py

Coment two line

Update Raspi firmware

#if not is_vagrant():

sudo(“yes | sudo rpi-update”) or die(“Unable to upgrade Raspberry Pi firmware”)


python installer.py
apt upgrade
apt-get install -y python-pip
pip install ka-lite-static

See interfaces
Ifconfig -a
nano /etc/network/interfaces
auto up eth0

Alternative 2.
Backup of Rachel64bits with clonzilla.

Download Clonzilla ISO
Prepare your pendrive to boot by clonezilla

Download Backup Clonzilla (Disk to IMG)
extract folder into USB root.
Restore image to disk

Install Content


Thank you everybody. Nos many people and student are learn use Rachel.

Maybe, I made a video on YouTube about how I did it.


Para quienes hablan español:.

Basicamente he instalada en un computador con procesador de 64bits la version de debian server 8.11 Jessie 64bit con:

usuario: pi
password: rachel
hostname: rachel

y unicamente el paquete openssh

Posteriormente instalé los paquetes

apt-get install phyton curl sudo

posteriormente descargue la el proyecto RachelpiOS manualmente, debido a que a traves de terminal no me funcionó.

Copie el archivo en el home utilizando el software Winscp.

Comente dos lineas en el archivo installer.py

Update Raspi firmware

#if not is_vagrant():
#sudo(“yes | sudo rpi-update”) or die(“Unable to upgrade Raspberry Pi firmware”)

y ejecute el scrip con

python installer.py
apt upgrade
apt-get install -y python-pip
pip install ka-lite-static

En este punto el scrip ha configutado todo, pero hay que revisar la configuracion de la interfaz.

Ifconfig -a
nano /etc/network/interfaces

En mi caso agregué la linea:

auto up eth0

Tambien pueden descargar el backup realizado con clonzilla y restaurarlo en un disco.

This looks very interesting thanks. I will give it a try.

Can I ask what version/size of Rachel this installation is? Is it the full one (500+Gb)?

I too want to build the full version for a non-connected computer lab in rural Tanzania.

would this work on a 32-bit Centrino Duo laptop (I have this as a donor laptop).

The installer has 790KB. Once installed you can download each module in your language and if you already have them downloaded then you can copy them to the directory /var/www/modules/

In my case for Spanish the contents occupy 160GB, but there is very little content un My language.

I installed it on a laptop with procesador Intel atom 1.6GHz, RAM 2GB, Hard disk 320GB and WIFI Realtek. I keep working like an original Rachel. Even with WIFI zone and DHCP, without additional hardware.

Took me a bit, but I made it work
Anyway I can do the same for Debian 10 and the latest Rachel pi 2020?

Maybe it could work.

I installed it in debian 8 because in that version I was installing rachel hardware. also, in the repository it is announced "rachelpiOS
NOTE: This install is tested to work with 2016-05-27-raspbian-jessie and is known to have problems with newer versions ". Therefore it is necessary to do tests or perhaps the Masters of this community can solve the doubt for us.