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.
wget http://dl.cubieboard.org/software/a20-cubietruck/lubuntu/ct-lubuntu-nand-v1.00/ct-lubuntu-desktop-20131026/lubuntu-desktop-nand.img.gz gzip -d lubuntu-desktop-nand.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 NAME="Ubuntu" VERSION="12.04.2 LTS, Precise Pangolin" ID=ubuntu ID_LIKE=debian PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu precise (12.04.2 LTS)" VERSION_ID="12.04" 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
When seeing the prompt, you have enter FEL mode. Select Yes to continue
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 for DHCP timeout.
#mount /dev/nanda /mnt #vi /mnt/uEnv.txt (change it as you want) #umount /mnt #sync #reboot
Please also refer to
$tar -zxvf kernel-source.tar.gz $cp kernel_defconfig linux-sunxi/.config $cd linux-sunxi $make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf- uImage modules
lubuntu-12.10-desktop is quite a modern operating system, that we can do almost all language programming, including C/C++, JAVA, Python, Perl, and so on. To support C/C++ programming, just run the following command:
#apt-get install build-essential
To become more productivy, you can also use VIM or EMACS
#apt-get install vim emacs cscope cscope-el
We have 5 partitions on the system, nand represent the whole nandflash. Nand[a-e] are treated as partitons
root@cubietruck:~# ls /dev/nand* -l brw-rw---- 1 root disk 93, 0 Oct 15 08:46 /dev/nand brw-rw---- 1 root disk 93, 1 Oct 15 08:46 /dev/nanda brw-rw---- 1 root disk 93, 2 Oct 15 08:46 /dev/nandb brw-rw---- 1 root disk 93, 3 Oct 15 08:46 /dev/nandc
Contains the bootlogo, script.bin, uEnv.txt, uImage and so on
Hint: add "bcmdhd" at the end of file /etc/modules to activate WiFi during boot.
#iwlist scan #iwconfig wlan0 essid "ssid" key xxxx #iwconfig wlan0 #ifconfig wlan0 up #dhclient wlan0
Hint: iwconfig key does not support password phrase. One has to generate xxxx.
Hint: it is easier to use wpa_supplicant for wifi configuration with WPA2 and password phrase.