Yes, Ubuntu 12.10 with a GUI on the beagleboard-xm.
More after the break…
This is a project I put together this weekend; an Ubuntu distribution for the Beagleboard XM (or really, any OMAP3 board). Specifically, a distro with a GUI that wouldn’t use every clock cycle within a mile’s range just to open up a folder. LXDE seemed like a nice choice, so I went with that.
It comes pre-installed with all sorts of goodies; python, numpy, scipy, geany, GIMP, chromium, a file manager, wifi-support, bluetooth-support and various other things every programmer should have.
But why ubuntu? What’s wrong with Angstrom?
Ubuntu has drivers. It has support. It has all the things needed to configure OpenCV or any other software you’d need, and it’s a branch that will always have a company supporting it. It just works.
So how do I install it?
Default user: beagle
Root password is also xm
Sound is kinda buggy (as usual on the BB). I plan to fix this when I have more time/motivation to do so, so follow me on twitter to keep track of any updates on that, and for news of any other bugs and fixes.
It’s usable; certainly more so than wheezy on the raspberry pi. Sure, it’s not the fastest thing around, but remember, you’re running ubuntu here on what is essentially the equivalent of an old smartphone!