Getting Started with Beaglebone

27 03 2012

So, a few weeks ago, I got my hands on a Beaglebone for getting myself into Embedded Linux world again. I have messed with Gumstix Overo series during my thesis so I had some knowledge. But my previous experience was limited as I was not able to compile kernels and I only managed to compile things on board (which is slow for computer vision programs) as I had limited time and no knowledge of cross-compile.

But things have changed: My Linux-fu is definitely better compared to a few years ago, I have more experience in electronics & programming and also I got my hands onto a fast PC which I can use for kernel compiling, cross compiling and other tasks which take lots of time. Believe me, I tried compiling kernel with my trusty EeePC (which was my only Linux running PC at that time) and it was still not half done after 6 hours. Now I have a 6 core 64-bit AMD machine which is used for all this stuff. Still it takes some time but at least watching a movie or two will be enough. 🙂

So, here we go: I will talk about backing up the uSD cards that came with the Beaglebone, talk about compiling the kernel, formatting the uSD card if you are using a brand new one, copying files to your uSD card and then booting up the system and playing around for a while. I don’t claim any originality in the work presented here, I will present here a collection of information scattered around the web that I had to find out after following may links so that others can access it easily and I don’t have to search around again if I cannot remember something. 🙂 So as references, the backup part is from a Coder’s Talk blog post and the rest is from BeagleBone demo files page.

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