EBC Exercise 03 Installing a Beagle OS

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In this class we run The Ångström Distribution on the BeagleBoard. Ångström is a stable and userfriendly distribution if Linux for embedded devices like handhelds, set top boxes and network-attached storage devices and the BeagleBoard.

Here's how to load the Ångström image we'll be using on an SD card. First get a microSD card that holds at least 4G.

Download a copy of the Ångström image

Download a copy of the image here. You see several files listed here. You want to download FIE2011.img.bz2 and FIE2011.img.bz2.md5. The first is some 1.4G, so it will take a while. The second is a check sum file for the first.

Once you have the two files and the card, what you do with them depends on what OS you are running.

Writing an SD card via Linux

If you are running Linux type:

$ md5sum FIE2011.img.bz2
$ cat FIE2011.img.bz2.md5

The two command should show the same thing

c33cf12aede2109017530b2c2ad4cc36  FIE2011.img.bz2

If your results match you have successfully downloaded the image and can move on. If they don't match, try downloading again. If that doesn't work, contact me.

Next uncompress the image.

$ bunzip2 -k FIE2011.img.bz2 

The -k says to keep the compressed file. This will take a few minutes.

Insert your microSD card in a reader/writre and find the path to it by running System:Administration:Disk Utility. You will see

Screenshot-Disk Utility.png

The path is in the upper right.

Then enter:

$ dd if=FIE2011.img  of=/dev/sdX bs=8M
$ sync

Where /dev/sdX is the path to your SD card. This may take 10 minutes. Mine took about 7.5.

Writing an SD card via Windows

The following instructions come from here.

To initialize your card under Windows, you can do the following:

  1. Download and install Ubuntu's Win32DiskImager (also known as the win32-image-writer).
  2. Download and install 7-zip compression software. (Or use winRAR)
  3. Decompress FIE2011.img.bz2 image file using 7-zip (or winRAR).
  4. Insert >=4GB SD card into the reader/writer.
  5. Start the Win32DiskImager.
  6. Select FIE2011.img and correct SD card location.
  7. Click on Write.

After the image writing is done (this will take some 10 minutes), eject the SD card.

Boot your Beagle

You should now have a functioning SD card image. Plug it into your BeagleBoard and boot it up.

The root password is test.