Hi Sean, yes, that’s correct. The HiFiBerry image is a stand alone turnkey image. Just burn it onto a microSD and boot up the Pi; no Linux knowledge required. The downside is that you can’t log into it with a terminal and configure things, but you can access the FAT partition on the SD with a PC and configure WiFi (if required).
If you are thinking of a Linux install with Roon Bridge, rather than the HiFiBerry image, then checkout Rene’s DietPi guide. It is a very simple menu driven install but needs a keyboard and screen on the Pi when first configuring. They can be taken off and a terminal opened as usual later.
René - are you sure that the HiFiBerry image is auto-updating? I’ve not seen any evidence that it is. And the latest version that I’ve downloaded and burned onto my SD is claimed to be version 1.0.6 by HiFiBerry, but still reports itself as 1.0.4 in Roon…
Like most Linux distros one of the first things it does is expand the file system and download updated modules. The login prompt appears after that. I had understood that you couldn’t open a terminal until that process was complete, but haven’t tested it exhaustively.
So i’ve setup the Raspberry Pi 3 with HifiBerry’s Roon image for my Dad. As per attached it’s working really well !
It’s the Digi+ transformer version, with coax going into dad’s Denon AVR 4520 receiver. He doesn’t need to configure the Pi 3 for WiFi because his Denon has 4 built-in ethernet ports. So the Hifiberry image was the most straight forward for his setup.
His 4520 has built-in airplay (via ethernet) which is what he’s been using the past few years but RAAT sounds so much better, even from 16/44 music (within Airplay’s abilities).
Just a correction @RBM for future readers, so that we do not mislead.
Hifiberry RoonReady image is loginable now. U:pi, P:hifiberry.
It is a Debian/Jessie build, so… $ sudo raspi-config for password change.