It does appear like Angstrom will be the way I go.... I am simply struggling at the moment to learn a new flavor of Linux.

I have to learn how they manage packages etc...

Ubuntu is nice because there is a HUGE amount of information to read and solve problems with.

I just downloaded the build environment supplied on their website. I will have to figure out how to use it to compile programs on my desktop, copy to SD and then run on Overo.

I have no need for a GUI at the moment so I will be perfectly happy with Angstrom if I can get SSH, driver support for BT and WIFI and get a build environment up and running on my desktop.

Again thank you for the help.

This is most exciting

On Jun 10, 2010, at 1:31 AM, Alex Gibson wrote:

On 10/06/2010 3:15 PM, Nathaniel Delp wrote:
I'm not familiar with Angstrom. I only know the major linux distros  
(Ubuntu, Debian, SuSe, RedHat etc...)

I DID get the Ubuntu image to work. However I think I need to install  
the drivers for ethernet and wireless (not sure how to do that at this  

I am in the process of setting up bitbake. It looks like I missed a  
step for setting bitbake up properly.

what exactly does the angstrom image do? I take it angstrom is another  
linux distro

What is a light weight Linux? I was thinking of a Linux From scratch  
but know that it'll take a long time.

Additionally is there a flavor of RT linux for ARM that will compile  
on the OMAP?

I am working up to making an image but it is quite frustrating to go  
through all the packages needed to make the toolchain work.

Keep in mind I bought the Overo for hardware development thinking the  
Linux side of things would be fairly simple (like my other Linux boxes).

I guess I just don't understand what bitbake does or how it works at  
this time. I am making good progress in my opinion as I have only  
about 12 hours of time into the Overo so far.

Perhaps a custom bitbake based on angstrom is all I need.

Again thank you.

I can see my learning curve is steep at the moment. hopefully a few  
more days and I'll have what I need running and can return my focus to  

I guess the real issue is gaining some level of productivity from  
where I am at. I am not sure how to set up my desktop for cross  
compiling so I will try to compile on the platform. All I really need  
to know is how to setup a basic linux OS on an SD card and then a way  
to compile custom code for it.


angstrom is a lite weight distribution for embedded devices
Its what gumstix supplies as default in the factory programmed images and in the development environment
and their downloadable prebuilt images.

Just download an image instalk to sd, plug itin and be up and running within 30 minutes (or less).

All the information is here
You just need to carefully read through it.

Factory images are at

Prebuilt images at

Trying to use desktop images/software  on embedded hardware is just going to cause you lots of hassles and waste yours and everyone elses time.

Depending on what you need you maybe able to add to a basic ansgstrom image by using opkg (package manager)
without needing to cross compile anything.

On the default image with the gumstix connected to a network , try
opkg update                (to get the latest list of packages)
opkg install python

The latest image I have installed has bash as the default shell

root@overo:~# help
GNU bash, version 3.2.39(1)-release (arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi)
These shell commands are defined internally.  Type `help' to see this list.
Type `help name' to find out more about the function `name'.
Use `info bash' to find out more about the shell in general.


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