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Old 12-04-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
TonyRuss56
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BeagleBoard Black and Slackware ARM


Hi Everyone

I have recently purchased a BBB, haven't started using it yet, but would like to load Slackware and start learning to use it. I have only just started learning the Linux command line. Are their any guides you'd recommend for starting with Slackware?

Thanks
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:30 AM   #2
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Hi Everyone

I have recently purchased a BBB, haven't started using it yet, but would like to load Slackware and start learning to use it. I have only just started learning the Linux command line. Are their any guides you'd recommend for starting with Slackware?
If you mean the Beagle Board Black, nobody yet has this working with Slackware - you could have a look at what the other distributions are doing if you want to play around with your device sooner than later. That said, putting Linux on to any ARM device is certainly going to provide you with a nice steep learning curve to get you going. Most of the people working with it generally provide good documentation, so it should help there but you'd most likely need to do a lot of reading around the subjects.
 
Old 12-05-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Actually I have Slackware running on the Beaglebone black, Raspberry pi, and i.mx6 based gk802 currently. They need individual components specific to each and tuning each however they all work fine. If you need any specifics I can try to power up the rpi and bbb tonight to get details. The gk802 i think currently needs a rebuild due to repurposed microsd.

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Old 12-13-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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Actually I have Slackware running on the Beaglebone black, Raspberry pi, and i.mx6 based gk802 currently. They need individual components specific to each and tuning each however they all work fine. If you need any specifics I can try to power up the rpi and bbb tonight to get details. The gk802 i think currently needs a rebuild due to repurposed microsd.

Tenkawa
Tenkawa,

I am trying to get Slackware running on the BB Black but I can't get the kernel to boot. I can boot it with an ArchLinux Kernel and the Slackware file system. I then compiled my own kernel but it won't boot. I just get the "starting kernel" message and it just sits there. Are there any tips/suggestions you can give me to get the Slackware kernel to boot? Would you be able to show me the kernel .config file you have used?

Thanks, BG4.
 
Old 12-14-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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Tenkawa,

I am trying to get Slackware running on the BB Black but I can't get the kernel to boot. I can boot it with an ArchLinux Kernel and the Slackware file system. I then compiled my own kernel but it won't boot. I just get the "starting kernel" message and it just sits there. Are there any tips/suggestions you can give me to get the Slackware kernel to boot? Would you be able to show me the kernel .config file you have used?

Thanks, BG4.
I used the kernel sources at the beagleboard github repository and started with their default config configs/beaglebone. I have modified my kernel configuration quite a bit since then and am currently using the 3.12.3 source that's available. I needed to minimally modify it to use my ralink wifi usb instead of the onboard ethernet and is working very well with it so far. I have not tried a stock kernel with the same config due to the patches I believe are needed to make this kernel work on the BBB. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Tenkawa
 
Old 12-31-2013, 03:27 AM   #6
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I used the kernel sources at the beagleboard github repository and started with their default config configs/beaglebone. I have modified my kernel configuration quite a bit since then and am currently using the 3.12.3 source that's available. I needed to minimally modify it to use my ralink wifi usb instead of the onboard ethernet and is working very well with it so far. I have not tried a stock kernel with the same config due to the patches I believe are needed to make this kernel work on the BBB. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Tenkawa
Tenkawa,

Due to the "silly season" I have only just got to testing the new kernel. I am yet to get it to boot. In fact any kernel I have compiled will not boot and I have tried numerous. It gets to "Starting kernel...." and just hangs at that point. I get no error message of any kind that I can find on the serial console or the main output. The only kernel I can get to boot is the Arch Linux one. I have changed nearly all parameters in the uEnv.txt file and created many errors in the process, so I am sure its not that (would you be able to show me your uEnv.txt file, please, as a reference?). My gut feeling is that I am missing something in the kernel config that starts the boot process however I don't know where to look. Any thoughts would be appreciated.....


Thanks, BG4.
 
  


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