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.
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 http://jefro.wordpress.com (Jeff’s Open Source Resource).
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