How to get the Linaro distribution

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About Linaro

Linaro™ is a Not For Profit (NFP) organization that aims to make embedded open source development easier and faster. Linaro will create a common software foundation for software stacks and distributions to land on and provide the best open source tools for developers to develop on. The focus is on low level software around the Linux kernel that touches the silicon, key pieces of middleware that enable new markets and tools that help the developer write and debug code. Linaro aims to maximize the potential of the latest features of ARM-based processors, helping provide optimized performance in a lower power envelope. Linaro is both a community and a supported project with engineering teams spread globally.

Overview of How-To

This How-To is meant to be a starting point for people to learn install a Linaro image for OMAP3-based IGEP platforms as quickly and easily as possible.

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Linaro releases

At the end of each cycle linaro do an integrated build of software with this variants:

  • Headless (no graphical UI)
  • Netbook (Netbook style UI)
  • ARM Linux Internet Platform (ALIP)
  • Handset (A KDE/Plasma based user interface)

You can download the linaro rootfs releases from here:

Type Release File
Nano 12.04
Nano 11.09
Netbook 12.01
Headless 10.xx

Or directly from the linaro website.

Install Linaro 12.04 nano distribution

Download the linaro package tarball


Once the file is downloaded you can create bootable SD-Card, under Linux, untar the package

tar xzf linaro-nano-12.04-0.tar.gz
cd linaro-nano-12.04-0

Insert a SD-Card media and use the igep-media-create script to create a bootable SD-Card.

./igep-media-create -–mmc <mmc> --image <image file> --machine <machine>


<mmc> - is the SD-Card device of your computer. <image file> - is the file that contains bootloader, kernel and rootfs image. <machine> - is the IGEP Processor Board. Available options are:

  • igep0020 - For IGEP v2 Processor Board
  • igep0030 - For IGEP COM MODULE Processor Board
  • igep0032 - For IGEP COM PROTON Processor Board

For example, assuming the SD-card device takes '/dev/sdf' and you have an IGEPv2 board ('igep0020'), type

./igep-media-create --mmc /dev/sdf --machine igep0020 --image linaro-nano-12.04-0.tar.bz2

For example, assuming the SD-card device takes '/dev/sdb' and you have an IGEP COM MODULE ('igep0030'), type

./igep-media-create --mmc /dev/sdb --machine igep0030 --image linaro-nano-12.04-0.tar.bz2

These methods should give you a bootable SD-card. Insert the bootable SD-card media into the micro-SD card socket of IGEP device and power on it. This should result in a running system with a Linaro nano image.

Install Other Linaro Distributions

Please follow the next howto.


IGEPv2 running Linaro Distribution. Desktop navigation

IGEPv2 running Linaro Distribution. Internet navigation.

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