Friday, May 28, 2010

Beagle Board with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic

I had follow given instruction to create minimal image for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic.
http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardUbuntuKarmic

sudo rootstock --fqdn deluxe --login ubuntu --password 1 --imagesize 2G --seed vim,ssh,wget,nano,usbutils,linux-firmware,wireless-tools --dist karmic --serial ttyS2 --kernel-image http://rcn-ee.net/deb/kernel/beagle/karmic/v2.6.31.6-x6.0/linux-image-2.6.31.6-x6.0_1.0karmic_armel.deb

After following all regular steps from above wiki, I was able to boot Beagle Board. ( Need to modify /etc/network/interfaces to use network.)
To test lxlauncher which is based on lxde is very fast and having small footprint netbook launcher.  ( LXLauncher is a lightweight GTK+ 2.x based Easy-Mode launcher for subnotebook like EeePC. It is standard-compliant and desktop-independent. It follows freedesktop.org specs, so newly added applications will automatically show up in the launcher, and vice versa for the removed ones. )


To test overall performance first I had install X server and x11vnc (  VNC server to allow remote access to an existing X session ) Only X server was running fast  & take only 150 MB RAM.

apt-get install xserver-xorg x11vnc   xdm  xterm

For complete lubuntu-desktop which took hardly 500 MB space on Hard Disk. And provide very user friendly GUI, with all application icons in appropriate category.

apt-get install lxdm lxde lxlauncher lubuntu-desktop

Lxlauncher have 5 ( actually 4 ) application groups/categories. Which is diffrent that main menu groups.

Internet: Arora (web kit based browser) , Firefox, pidgin, sylpheed, transmission, Wicd Network manager, xchat, pyNeighborhood

Work: Accessories, Graphics, (GNU office suite) Abiword, Gnumeric, PCMan filemanger

Play: ( Multimedia ) MPlayer, Aqualung, cheese, Music Player, SMPlayer, xfburn

Preference: ( Configuration/ Setup ) User, Hardware, Software configuration tools

GDM: Gnome Desktop Manager( User can select various sessions & various language.)

Arora - Cross Platform simple webkit based webbrowser using Qt toolkit.

SMPlayer: Qt Mplayer front-end, with basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs & more .....
GMPlayer: GTK+ interface for MPlayer The power of MPlayer combined with a friendly interface for your desktop.

Overall LXDE looks more promising than XFCE. In performance and collection of application/package, I am confident about bright future for LXDE on Beagle Board as well as various embedded platform. Specially I can see LXDE, Lubuntu will catch number one choice for Netbook/Notebook/Subnotebook/Tablet/MID (Mobile Internet Device) platform.

Posted via email from Amit Karpe

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