I have created a current Debian unstable (post „Stretch“ 9) rootfs archive for ARMHF (ARM hard float) devices, download here:
this is about 90MB. It can be put on a SD card to boot ARM HF devices and to install more stuff from there. I use this on an i.MX6 dual core board so there is an extra entry in inittab for a serial console on port ttymxc0. Apropos init … my kernel is too old (4.5.x) to support systemd so I installed „old“ sysv-init instead.
Update: Here is another one with a complete Mate desktop installed:
(root password is … root 🙂
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