"Bootstrapping Debian onto your MinnowBoard is a fairly simple process. At the end of this guide you will have a complete minimum Debian system you can use on your MinnowBoard.
MinnowBoard that has a working micro SD card preloaded with the MinnowBoard Angstrom Linux Distribution
USB Thumb drive >2GB or SATA drive
Some spare time"
"Mobilenix Published on Oct 17, 2013
Here is Intel's Minnowboard running Debian Sid with Gnome 3 installed and running off of a SATA disk. Sound, Gigabit ethernet and all of the system peripherals are working as they should. The system would boot much faster if my SATA device was newer and a higher RPM."