How to Boot Linux on the Beagle Board

Jeffrey Osier-Mixon (Intel Corporation)
Location: D135
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 9 ratings)

The Texas Instruments-designed single-board computer known as the Beagle Board provides netbook-like performance for under 2 watts. Designed as an OMAP3430-based development platform, the Beagle contains the same ARM Cortex-A8 processor as many modern smartphones and devices in an inexpensive package. Its accessibility makes it a boon to embedded Linux developers and a powerful elixir to hobbyists. Moreover, the hardware design itself is open-source, making it possible for developers to change the design and invent new derivative boards with special purposes.

This presentation demonstrates how to boot three different distributions, including:

- Android, a popular Linux-based OS
- Angstrom, an embedded Linux distribution
- MontaVista Linux, a commercial embedded Linux distribution

It also showcases several ongoing open-source projects based on the Beagle Board, gives an overview of the process of designing your own, and introduces the Beagle Board community.

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Jeffrey Osier-Mixon

Intel Corporation

Jeff Osier-Mixon is a technical writer, developer advocate, and community manager at MontaVista Software LLC, a market leader in embedded Linux. Jeff blogs about open source issues at (Jeff’s Open Source Resource).

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Bryan Smith
07/25/2010 11:06am PDT

Jeff’s speech was awesome and his demo’s really captivated the audience. It’s very hard to talk about hardware for only 40 minutes. Most of the attendees in his talk stayed over past the break just to see more. Only thing I’d ask is that he play guitar before his session starts!!!

Next year it would be great to see Jeff lead an unrehearsed Jam Session with geeks from the audience!

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