As a new comer to the BeagleBone one of my biggest challenges has been
related to the numerous choice of operating systems for the board.
Based on the various threads on this and other lists, it does not seem
that I am alone.
I agree with Gerald, but I'll try to address some of your concerns
The variety and changing nature of software does create some support
challenges. Part of our strategy has been to make BeagleBoard.org
hardware a first-class citizen of various community software projects.
In that light, you can get lots of support for those projects in their
normal support channels and come here to figure out the
Would be possible to achieve consensus around a single OS as the ref
Operating System for the BBB? While I support individuals freely
choosing which distribution best meets their needs, the overall
project would be best served by focusing on the foundation.
Shipping the BBB rev C with Debian starts to set Debian as the defacto standard.
A reference, certainly. Not sure what the implication is of a "defacto
standard". All operating systems are welcome here.
1. Would it be possible/reasonable to suggest that other BeagleBone
users migrate from Angstrom to Debian?
Possible, yes. Reasonable, depends. If Angstrom does what you need,
then why not stay with it?
2. Would it be possible/reasonable to articulate that the BeagleBone
community will focus their development and support efforts on Debian?
The community is diverse and supports many software systems. There's
some focus on Debian, but we should be working with Fedora, Arch,
FreeBSD and lots of others too. There is a bit of a BeagleBone
out-of-box-experience, but it is meant as just a gateway on to deeper
learning and development.
3. Would it be possible/reasonable to suggest that support on this
mailing list will focus on Debian?
No. We try to avoid forking lists when when can. Impressions of that
have been mixed, but I think if there is enough interest in creating a
Debian support list focused on BeagleBone Black, then someone will
make it and attract community members there. Personally, I like having
this one list with all the topics and relying on people to create
reasonable subject lines. Folks can tag messages as well to put them
in various categories.
My concern is that with out clear community consensus, the BBB faces
unnecessary fragmentation which would reduce that value of the project
Is there a specific contribution you are looking at making?