This is just a quick post to mention a new Linaro image for i.MX6 that we’ve placed on-line:
In an earlier post, we described how you can boot a Linaro Ubuntu image in the Linaro fashion. That is to say:
- Placing U-Boot into un-formatted space on SD card, and
- Placing the U-Boot environment into un-formatted space on SD card, and
- Placing the kernel into un-formatted space on SD card.
The Linaro team seems to have stopped creating such images for SABRE Lite though.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t use a newer release. In the tar-ball above, you’ll find a root filesystem from the current latest Linaro image to which we’ve added:
- A boot script as described in this post, and
- Our latest kernel (in /boot/uImage), and
- Matching kernel modules in /lib/modules
To place it on an SD card, simply format a single partition as ext3 and extract the image:
~/$ wget https://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/boundarydevices.com/linaro-12.09.tar.gz ~/$ sudo mkfs.ext3 -L linaro-12.09 /dev/mmcblk0p1 && sync # remove and re-insert your SD card ~/$ sudo tar -C /media/linaro-12.09/ -zxvf linaro-12.09.tar.gz
We haven’t done a lot of testing of this image, but in a first pass, it seems to be pretty peppy. It booted really fast, and a quick test of Firefox showed better performance than the comparable release of Oneiric from Freescale.