BeagleBone For Dummies by Rui Santos

By Rui Santos

BeagleBone For Dummies is the definitive beginner's advisor to utilizing the preferred BeagleBone board to benefit electronics and programming. in contrast to different books that require past wisdom of electronics, Linux, and Python, this one assumes you recognize not anything in any respect, and publications you step by step through the strategy of getting accustomed to your BeagleBone unique or BeagleBone Black. you are going to get manage, use the software program, construct the undefined, and code your initiatives, with lots of examples to stroll you thru the method. you will flow rigorously via your first BeagleBone undertaking, then get principles for branching out from there to create even higher, extra complex courses. The BeagleBone is a tiny laptop board – in regards to the dimension of a bank card – that has all of the power of a laptop. Its affordability and simplicity of use has made it renowned between hobbyists, fanatics, and programmers alike, and it is time that you should sign up for their ranks as you formally dive into the area of microcomputers. This publication eliminates the guesswork from utilizing the preferred BeagleBone board and exhibits you the way to wake up and working very quickly.

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Info Chapter 2: Installing the Operating System You have to be really careful while flashing your microSD card. Before pressing Enter or Return, you need to be completely sure you are selecting the right device name. Selecting the wrong device name results in irreversible data loss, such as erasing your computer’s hard disk. Flashing your microSD card completely erases it. Make sure that you’ve copies of any files on the microSD card that you may need later. Flashing a microSD card in Windows Flashing a microSD card in Windows requires an application called Win32 Disk Imager (see Figure 2-3), which is available for free download.

The real advantage of your BeagleBone over a typical computer, however, is that the BeagleBone has input and output pins that bridge the gap between the realms of computing and electronics. With a BeagleBone, you can create and control interesting electronic projects with a very high degree of complexity. After all, the foundation of your project is a computer. Also, because the BeagleBone is a low-cost device, it doesn’t cost a fortune to replace it if you somehow break it! This chapter explains which distribution of Linux to use, as well as where you can download it and how to install it.

Here are your options: ✓ Web browser: You can download the distribution directly from your web browser by clicking the distribution name. When you click the name of the distribution, a new web page opens. After about 3 seconds, your file should start downloading. ✓ BitTorrent: BitTorrent enables you to download larger files faster. It gathers all the small pieces of the file you want and starts downloading your file from people who already have them, maximizing the transfer speed. To use this method, you must have a BitTorrent application on your computer.

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