Debian 8 (Jessie) is finally released for OLinuXino boards

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Hurray! We finally managed to move from Debian 7  Wheezy to Debian 8 (Jessie)!

The new images use Kernel 3.4.103+ which is rather old, but have all video and graphics accelerations.

The boards that get the update are: A20-OLinuXino-MICRO; A20-OLinuXino-LIME; A20-OLinuXino-LIME2; A20-SOM (and their respective 4GB versions).

Links to the torrent files with the images are already available at the respective wiki articles of the boards.

What took us so long? Have look at our boards there are tons of peripherals and different LCDs, USB dongles, BT etc etc peripherials we had to test one by one to make sure EVERYTHING works, and when we see mistake we have to re-build the images and start from scratch again, this took us weeks. As you can see we still even didn’t do this for A13 and A10 boards we have as the process is really long and bumpy.

What’s new beside the move to the higher version of Debian? We gain some experience, made the images smaller, also now there is OPTION to install the images directly to the NAND Flash!

All you have to do is to run “nandistall” script and wait for the image to transfer from the microSD card to the NAND memory.

To move to the new Debian all you have to do it to download  the archive containing the image via the torrent from the wiki; then to extract the archive and prepare your microSD card with it. Note: the images are about ~2GB of size after extraction, but you can use bigger SD card as well. We decided to prepare the official images with lower user space in order to speed up the download and extraction time and to lower the time it takes to transfer the image to a microSD card. It is recommended to re-size the user space in order to use all space on your microSD. In the root directory execute the resize_sd.sh script as follows:

# ./resize_sd.sh /dev/mmcblk0 2

The build instructions and all required files are published in GitHub.

For more practical advice and basic starting point for the new image refer to this document.

Note that it is completely fine to continue using the previous Debian 7 (Wheezy) images if you don’t have some particular reason to switch to Debian 8.

Looking forward to your comments and feedback about the new images.

A10, A20 OLinuXino LIME and LIME2 are officially supported in Debian 8.0 Jessie

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Debian 8.0 Jessie now supports many Allwinner boards including A10-OLinuXino-LIME, A20-OLinuXino-MICRO, A20-OLinuXino-LIME and A20-OLinuXino-LIME2!

more info you can find on https://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Allwinner

 

Another interesting article for using mainline Linux uboot and kernel you can read here