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Cb3 Lubuntu-12.10-desktop Nand Installation 20130910-build

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Cubietruck is the 3rd board of cubietech, which is also named cubieboard3. The board features an Allwinner A20 ARM Cortex-A7 dual core processor with Mali 400 MP2 graphics, 2GB of RAM, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot. There’s nothing too surprising in those specs, but here’s what sets this developer board apart from a tablet with its screen ripped off. The Cubietruck has a SATA 2.0 interface, 2 USB host ports, SPDIF, a headphone jack, IR port, and 4 LED lights. It also has 54 extended pins including UART, PS2, and a bunch of other options. Read more about cubietruck, please refer to here.

Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system developed by a community of Free and Open Source enthusiasts. The core of the system is based on Linux and Ubuntu . Lubuntu uses the minimal desktop LXDE, and a selection of light applications. It's official site is lubuntu

The Cubie team have ported cubietruck to lubuntu-12.10-desktop, here is a guide for installing lubuntu-12.10-desktop to cubietruck nandflash.


Download Images

gzip -d ct_lubuntu_desktop_12.10_20130910.img.gz


To flash the image to cubietruck board, you need to install phoenixsuit on your labtop. Please refer to the Installation Guide

Here is my working enviroment

$ cat /etc/os-release 
VERSION="12.04.2 LTS, Precise Pangolin"
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu precise (12.04.2 LTS)"

uname -a
Linux ubt 3.2.0-49-generic #75-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jun 18 17:39:32 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


  • Start LiveSuit
$ ~/Bin/LiveSuit/

LiveSuit GUI

  • Select Image

LiveSuit GUI

  • Enter FEL Mode

LiveSuit GUI

  1. Press FEL key, and holding it
  2. Plug in mini usb cable, and wait the following prombt
  3. Release FEL key

LiveSuit GUI

  • Flash to Board

When seeing the prombt, you have enter the FEL mode. Select Yes to continue

LiveSuit GUI

LiveSuit GUI

Congratulations! You have finished the installation process. Enjoy your Cubie and Lubuntu Desktop!

When you first start up the system, It will take about 2 minutes to initialize the system. Also we suggest you have the ethernet cable connected when booting, to avoid waiting DHCP timeout.


Changing Boot Parameters


Changing Kernel


Building Custom Modules


Using GPIOs


Using GPIO Interrupt


Using PWM


Using More UARTs

tutorials/ct1/installation/cb3_lubuntu-12.10-desktop_nand_installation_20130910-build.1381822823.txt.gz · Last modified: 2013/12/23 14:50 (external edit)