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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 

Best Linux OS for eeePC - Puppy Linux

If you have an original 701 eeePC you need a lean mean and tight OS - Puppy Linux's Puppeee is just that.

I put in 2Gig of ram into my 701 which means Puppy (who loads the OS into RAM) flies.  Even with the limitation of the 900 Mhz CPU.

The Kernel is optimised for the CPU too.

Has Chrome with flash 10 installed by default.  You just need to add OpenOffice (LibreOffice) to the base install.

I'm now trying to work out how to get the Arduino IDE running, processing works fine but it packages its own Java...

Stay tuned.