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This is a page about TI's BeagleBone.

Availability:

BeagleBone at Digi-Key
BeagleBone DVI Cape at Digi-Key
BeagleBone 3inch LCD Cape at Digi-Key
BeagleBone 7inch LCD Cape at Digi-Key
BeagleBone BreadBoard Cape at Digi-Key
BeagleBone Breakout Cape at Digi-Key

Basic Requirements

ARM Cross Compiler: GCC

This is a pre-built (32bit) version of Linaro GCC that runs on generic linux, so 64bit users need to make sure they have installed the 32bit libraries for their distribution.

Debian based (deb)

extra

pkgs: (sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install xyz)

Ubuntu 12.04

 

ia32-libs

Debian 7 (Wheezy)

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

libc6:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libncurses5:i386 zlib1g:i386

Ubuntu 12.10 -> 14.04

 

libc6:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libncurses5:i386 zlib1g:i386

Red Hat based (rpm)

extra

pkgs: (yum install xyz)

Red Hat/Centos/Fedora

 

libstdc++.i686 ncurses-devel.i686 zlib.i686

Download/Extract:

~/

Test:

If this test fails, verify that you have the 32bit libraries installed on your development system.

~/

Bootloader: U-Boot

Das U-Boot -- the Universal Boot Loader http://www.denx.de/wiki/U-Boot

Download:

~/

Patches:

~/u-boot

Configure and Build:

~/u-boot

Upgrade distro "device-tree-compiler" package

~/

Linux Kernel

This script will build the kernel and modules and copy them to the deploy directory.

Download:

~/

Checkout v3.8.x branch:

~/linux-dev

or v3.14.x branch (better usb/ethernet, some simple capes)

~/linux-dev

Build:

~/linux-dev

Root File System

Debian 7

User

Password

debian

temppwd

root

root

This image contains systemd: https://wiki.debian.org/systemdDownload:

~/

Verify:

~/

Extract:

~/

Ubuntu 13.10

User

Password

ubuntu

temppwd

Download:

~/

Verify:

~/

Extract:

~/

Root File System (small flash)

A Root File System around 64Mb in size, for flash applications.

Debian 7 (small flash)

User

Password

debian

temppwd

root

root

Download:

~/

Verify: 

~/

Extract: 

~/

Setup microSD/SD card

For these instruction, we are assuming: DISK=/dev/mmcblk0, "lsblk" is very useful for determining the device id.

Erase microSD/SD card:

Create Partition Layout:

Format Partitions:

Mount Partitions:

On some systems, these partitions may be auto-mounted...

Install Bootloader

Copy MLO/u-boot.img to the boot partition

~/

uEnv.txt based bootscript

Create "uEnv.txt" boot script: (nano uEnv.txt) (This will not work on the BeagleBone Black with the default firmware in eMMC: for that device use: BeagleBone Black )

~/uEnv.txt

Copy uEnv.txt to the boot partition:

~/

Install Kernel and Root File System

To help new users, since the kernel version can change on a daily basis. The kernel building scripts listed on this page will now give you a hint of what kernel version was built.

Copy and paste that "export kernel_version=3.X.Y-Z" exactly as shown in your own build/desktop environment and hit enter to create an environment variable to be used later.

Copy Root File System

~/

Copy Kernel Files

Kernel Image:

~/

Kernel Device Tree Binaries:

~/

Kernel Modules:

~/

File Systems Table (/etc/fstab)

Edit: /etc/fstab

/etc/fstab

Networking

Edit: /etc/network/interfaces

Add:

/etc/network/interfaces

 

Networking: Using a shared SD card with Multiple BeagleBone 

 To always enable the Ethernet interface as eth0.

Edit: /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

Add:

/etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

 

Serial Login

Debian

Edit: /etc/inittab

Add this at the end of: /etc/inittab

/etc/inittab

Ubuntu

Create new file: /etc/init/serial.conf

With this content:

/etc/init/serial.conf

 Remove microSD/SD card:

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