[ARMedslack] Slackware on Pandaboard

Giovanni pino.otto at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 20:56:20 UTC 2011

Today I did the following test on my pandaboard;
- download the miniroot fs for armedslack-13.1
- chroot into it

The result was successful. I tried to install a package (python), using wget
and then installpkg. Python was installed and worked in the chroot-ed

I think that this means that Slackware ARM is compatible with the

Now I would like to install a full Slackware ARM on the pandaboard.

In order to boot, the pandaboard needs the following files in a FAT32
partition on an SD card:
- u-boot.bin
- uImage

I used the files provided by Angstrom distro. My idea is to continue to use
those 3 files for booting and then install a full Slackware by NFS or USB
external hard disk.

Note: the pandaboard can boot only from a SD card.

My problem now is where to find the Slackware installer (setup) program to
launch, after booting Angstrom kernel.

I am not expert about playing with boot and installer yet.

Can you please give me any instructions?

Best regards,

On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 9:40 AM, Stuart Winter <m-lists at biscuit.org.uk>wrote:

> > First of all, you have to check if your processor is supported by Linux
> > kernel. Then try to compile the kernel for your CPU and try to boot it. I
> see
> > there is SD/MMC slot, so maybe it is possible to install OS there.
> first thing: if you have such a device already in your posession:
>  - download the miniroot fs for armedslack-current
>  - chroot into it
> Does it work?  If not then it's either:
>  - because their kernel is older than linux 2.6.31
>  - or the userland of armedslack just doesn't work on that board (which
> would be sad, but possible).
> Ubuntu is on it already, so there's Kernel support for it -- the easiest
> thing I would do is to take the latest 2.6.37 or 2.6.38rc1 and check
> if the OMAP Panda Support is in the kernel - take which ever one has it
> (if it's there -- if not, find the patches and apply them to the
> appropriate kernel -- ensuring that it's at least linux 2.6.31).
> Compile the kernel: easiest thing first is to build a monolithic kernel
> with all of the bits your device will need.  It's easier to bootstrap this
> way than to faff around with an initrd.
> Find out how to configure the boot loader to boot your own kernel.
> Ideally if it can tftp load then setup a tftp server and boot the kernel
> from there.
> Some of the Slackware ARM installation docs explain how to do this.
> Once you've got that far you can then boot into a miniroot and see how far
> you get.
> This board looks interesting.  If they sell it with a case, I'd be tempted
> to get one.
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