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# Set up a host computer, running Linux for code development
 
# Set up a host computer, running Linux for code development
 
# Clone the course git repository on both the Beagle and the host
 
# Clone the course git repository on both the Beagle and the host
 
If you have a BeagleBone and want to start playing, go to [[EBC Exercise 02 Out-of-the-Box, Bone]]. The Bone comes with all the hardware you need and an SD card that's ready to run.
 
  
 
== The Hardware ==
 
== The Hardware ==
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* USB keyboard and mouse
 
* USB keyboard and mouse
 
* HDMI display
 
* HDMI display
* At least three 4G micro SD cardz. I suggest you have 3 or 4 cards since it's easy to mess up one and it takes some 10 minutes to reload it.
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* At least three 4G micro SD cards. I suggest you have 3 or 4 cards since it's easy to mess up one and it takes some 10 minutes to reload it.
 
* micro SD card reader/writer
 
* micro SD card reader/writer
 
* Powered USB hub, at least 4 ports.  The Black has only one USB so this will allow you to plug in the keyboard, mouse, web cam, etc.
 
* Powered USB hub, at least 4 ports.  The Black has only one USB so this will allow you to plug in the keyboard, mouse, web cam, etc.
  
Books
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==== Books ====
 
* [http://www.amazon.com/Embedded-Linux-Primer-Practical-Real-World/dp/0137017839 Embedded Linux Primer] The bookstore will have this.
 
* [http://www.amazon.com/Embedded-Linux-Primer-Practical-Real-World/dp/0137017839 Embedded Linux Primer] The bookstore will have this.
 
* [http://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/abs/10.2200/S00500ED1V01Y201304DCS041 Bad to the Bone] Don't by this yet, I think I can get you a free copy.
 
* [http://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/abs/10.2200/S00500ED1V01Y201304DCS041 Bad to the Bone] Don't by this yet, I think I can get you a free copy.
  
 
=== What you buy from the Instrument Room ===
 
=== What you buy from the Instrument Room ===
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* Proto Plate with full sized breadboard
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* various input devices, sensors, displays, etc.
  
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=== What you borrow from the Instrument Room ===
 
* 5V power supply
 
* 5V power supply
* Proto Plate with full sized breadboard
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* micro HDMI to HDMI adapter.  [http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041913&p_id=7703&seq=1&format=2 Monoprice]
* various input devices, sensors, displays, etc.
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* FTDI USB to Serial Adapter.  Must be 3.3V version. [https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9717 Sparkfun]
  
 
== Updating the Beagle OS ==
 
== Updating the Beagle OS ==
  
After you've had a chance to explore the Bone, or you are running a Beagle xM, check [[#The Hardware | The Hardware]] below. Once you have all your hardware together you need to get an up to date image for you SD cards. Go to [[EBC Exercise 03 Installing a Beagle OS]] to learn how to flash your SD card with a fresh OS. With a fresh OS installed, you are now ready for [[EBC Exercise 04 Out-of-the-Box, xM]] on the xM.  It'a little different than the bone.
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Once you have all your hardware together go ahead and [http://beagleboard.org/Getting%20Started explore the Bone]. It should work right out of the box. After you have explored a while, update the image on the Bone so you are running the most current image. Go to [[EBC Exercise 03 Installing a Beagle OS]] to learn how to flash your SD card with a fresh OS.
  
 
== The Linux host computer ==
 
== The Linux host computer ==

Revision as of 17:47, 11 June 2013

thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder


Overview

There are four major things that need to be done to have the BeagleBoard ready to run for class:

  1. Get your Beagle Hardware together
  2. Update the OS on your Beagle
  3. Set up a host computer, running Linux for code development
  4. Clone the course git repository on both the Beagle and the host

The Hardware

Here's the hardware you will need and where you get it.

You may have, or will have to buy

We are using the BeagleBone Black this year. Since it's only $45 I'll have you buy your your own. There's a few other things you will need to get before the first day of class.

  • BeagleBone Black. See http://beagleboard.org/ for suggestions of where to buy the Black.
  • USB keyboard and mouse
  • HDMI display
  • At least three 4G micro SD cards. I suggest you have 3 or 4 cards since it's easy to mess up one and it takes some 10 minutes to reload it.
  • micro SD card reader/writer
  • Powered USB hub, at least 4 ports. The Black has only one USB so this will allow you to plug in the keyboard, mouse, web cam, etc.

Books

What you buy from the Instrument Room

  • Proto Plate with full sized breadboard
  • various input devices, sensors, displays, etc.

What you borrow from the Instrument Room

  • 5V power supply
  • micro HDMI to HDMI adapter. Monoprice
  • FTDI USB to Serial Adapter. Must be 3.3V version. Sparkfun

Updating the Beagle OS

Once you have all your hardware together go ahead and explore the Bone. It should work right out of the box. After you have explored a while, update the image on the Bone so you are running the most current image. Go to EBC Exercise 03 Installing a Beagle OS to learn how to flash your SD card with a fresh OS.

The Linux host computer

The above will get you ready for about the first 4 weeks of class. Around week 5 we'll start looking at the kernel and will need to cross compile. Once we start moving into Kernel development we will need a host computer. Since we are doing Linux development, it's generally agree the host should be running Linux. I suggest you run Ubuntu 12.04 (LTS). The Rose Linux Users Group LUG has instructions on where to get a local copy so you don't have to download some 700M.

There are three options as to how to run Linux.

  1. Native install ([1])
  2. Install in a virtual machine. I've been running Virtual Box recently and it seems to work find. You can also try VMware Player.
  3. Run in the cloud

The Ubuntu site gives good instructions for a native install. I've had good success with running both VMware and Virtual Box, though my installation instructions are a bit dated. (Feel free to update them if they need it.)

I've been testing out the "Cloud" approach and it looks like it will work too. If you want to try the cloud, let me known and I'll ask CSSE to set up a machine for you.

Kernel Development

Once you have Linux running somewhere, you need to install the kernel development tools. Go to EBC Exercise 08 Installing Development Tools to see all the steps you need. Once set up, go back to EBC Exercise 05 Getting Exercise Support Materials to clone the class repository on your host.

Now that you have all these pieces in place you are ready to work with a very power embedded processor.

The class git repository

Once you have an up to date OS running on your Beagle, go to EBC Exercise 05 Getting Exercise Support Materials to learn how to clone the class git repository. Once cloned it's a single command to get the latest materials on your Beagle (or host computer for that matter).

thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder