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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ubuntu on the BeagleBoard

Ok so we all know that the Ubuntu works well on the Beagleboard.

The latest version 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) even has an official OMAP3 build:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/ports/releases/10.10/release/

The issue is that this installation is for a full desktop.  The meager resources of the BB chugg to say the least with this version.

Best bet is to struggle through the slow full gnome desktop, drop to a shell with Ctrl-f5, login, then stop gdm:

 sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

then install a lighter window manager:

sudo apt-get install xfce4 gdm xubuntu-gdm-theme xubuntu-artwork 

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