Has anyone gotten Debian running, and can they explain what that entailed. Im not seeing a initd or uimage file in the arm64 build. I’m assuming it’s not as simple as loading up the installer images in uboot and booting. Someone mentioned building a kernel which is above my knowledge level, I’m also on a windows desktop.
I did this with Ubuntu rather than Debian, but the debootstrap process is the same. You’ll want to follow the steps in https://wiki.debian.org/EmDebian/CrossDebootstrap, and then do the same post-configuration as is done in the wiki instructions for creating an Ubuntu root filesystem.
You will need to either use Globalscale’s kernel and modules (extractable from their Buildroot rootfs) or build your own kernel (following the instructions on the wiki). Note that doing the latter will mean you won’t have working wifi drivers, if you bought an Espressobin with the Marvell wifi card.
Well shit. Thanks for the reply but I gave up yesterday and went ahead and put ubuntu on the boot on the drive. Did not realize you could use an extracted version of the kernel, took me all day to get those stupid files.
Hint for anyone if your going to compile use the same operating system you intend on running. I did it the first time on my Sheeva plug it was so slow, and ended up not working because I run Debian on it. Took someone’s advice and rented a droplet server for $10 for the hour I was done in a third the time Second time around.