Can’t quite remember what distro came with the Bone, but it was really easy to stick Ubuntu on it. The Bone comes with a 4Gb micro SD card, so while trying Ubuntu I moved to a 8Gb card. It all worked smoooothly and booted up no problem. If memory serves me correctly there was an issue with the MAC address of the NIC changing with each reboot. A real pain because I’d configured my DHCP server to give it a static address, based on an old MAC address, so I could SSH to it, but once booted I couldn’t connect.
After a fresh install, not being able to connect a screen to the Bone and not being able to connect to it over the network, ya kinna are left wondering what has gone wrong. OK I could hook the USB up to my PC and use the USB serial device to connect to the console, or do a network nmap and see if I could see the Bone. Simple fix, just add this to the /etc/network/interfaces file under the “auto eth0” directive:
hwaddress ether <your MAC address>
With Ubuntu installed, it all good now!
Next step… how to develop on this thing???