Looking for a slim (console) debian, that works well with LEDscape

Hi, I’ve been working with the official release for some time (3.8.13-bone50) and I’ve got LEDscape (https://github.com/Yona-Appletree/LEDscape) working well. However I’m running out of space on the mmc, even after aggressive efforts to flense the OS of anything ‘desktop’ related. I tried updating to the latest console debian in the wiki (3.8.13-bone69) and I love it, but I can’t get LEDscape working. Instructions for LEDscape are:

git clone git://github.com/Yona-Appletree/LEDscape
cd LEDscape
cp /boot/am335x-boneblack.dtb{,.preledscape_bk}
cp am335x-boneblack.dtb /boot/
modprobe uio_pruss

I noticed the dtbs have been moved to /boot/dtbs/3.8.13-bone69/

It seems that the am335x-boneblack.dtb there is identical to the one distributed with LEDscape. I try LEDscape and I get the error:

pru_init:44: prussdrv_open open failed

So I try replacing the dtb and reboot and try again same result. lsmod shows the uio_pruss module loaded. At this point I’m thinking downgrade to bone50, but ‘apt-get install-linux-image-3.8.13-bone50’ has no candidate. Any ideas? Is there a slim debian with an older kernel I should try? Or maybe a way to downgrade the kernel? Or am I missing something I need to get LEDscape running?

Thanks for reading, greatly appreciate it!


Well... You can grab the deb for bone50 here:



you will have to manually extract/install




As that old deb doesn't install the *.dtb's...


Thank you. What exactly is the ‘firmware / linux firmware images’ in that dir? Does the Sitara have update-able firmware?

The firmware.tar.gz is just a relic before the *.dtbo's where built
into the kernel..

The firmware.deb, is just firmware from mainline.. Nothing useful for
this target.


Success! Thank you sir. Thank you very much.