BeagleBone: meet Ubuntu..

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???

Got my BeagleBone

My BeagleBone on the bench

Like many folk, with the shortage of Raspberry Pi’s, I had a look around for alternatives.. I year or two ago I got a BeagleBoad, but had to drop over 150€ to get it, not 35€ for a slice of Pi.  So got a rush of blood to the head and ordered a BeagelBone from Radionics, priced half between the Pi ad the BeagleBoard. Time to get busy!

Raspberry Pi as a Headless Media Center

Got my Raspberry Pi a few days ago.. and found this project on the web from a guy who was using his Pi as a media player (audio!), thought I’d give it a bash.  I didn’t bother with the solid state realy, my amp is on 24/7.

Below you can see me testing it out on a small stereo, using my tablet to control VLC via it’s cool web interface.

My Raspberry Pi being used as a headless media server