Beagleboard:Sabayon On BeagleBone Black

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This page shows you how to boot Sabayon on your BeagleBone Black. This is just an option that is available in addition to the Angstrom that ships with the boards. This options are not officially supported by Circuitco or

Main Process

The steps described here are steps you must take before Sabayon described in this Wiki.

  1. You must first download the .img.xz of Sabayon.
    Sabayon (direct download link)
  2. After you have downloaded the .img.xz file , use a program such as 7zip to extract the image file
    • Once 7zip is installed, right click on .img.xz file you just downloaded and click 7zip > Extract Here, to extract the .img file
  3. Insert the micro SD card into your computer
    • Using a microSD-to-SD or microSD-to-USB adapter is fine
  4. Use Win32 Disk Imager to write the image onto your micro SD
  5. After Win32 Disk Imager has finished remove the micro SD card from your computer

You are now ready to follow directions below.

Sabayon On Micro SD

This section assumes you have completed the Main Process section at the top of this page . This section shows you how to install Sabayon on a micro SD card to boot your BeagleBone Black from. NOTE: This process does not flash the eMMC with an image to boot from; it only provides instructions to boot from a micro SD card every time.

  1. After you have put the BeageBone Black Sabayon image on a micro SD card insert it into the powered-off BBB.
    • Also make sure you have a keyboard, mouse, display, and Ethernet connected
  2. While holding down the boot button, apply power to the board. Continue to hold the 'boot' button until the USER LEDs begin to flash
    • You should use a 5V external power source, USB power may not work
  3. After about a minute your screen should show the login prompt, sign in
    User: root
    Password: root
    • Note: echo is turned off for typing in password
  4. You should now have a terminal.
    • Remember that any time you want to boot from micro SD you may have to hold down the 'boot' button. If you don't, the BBB may just boot from whatever is on the eMMC
    • For more information on Sabayon Linux visit their wiki page here.