- Buy a Trim Slice Pro
- Wait two weeks for delivery.
- Get onto freenode IRC and join #fedora-arm. If things don't work this is where you will need to get help from.
- Acquire needed extra parts
- An external USB keyboard.
- An external USB mouse
- A serial crossover cable to another system.
- A network cable to plug into your local lan. **
- A SD card to do an initial install on. I bought a 32 GB. I recommend staying away from Kennsington
- Plug in the system and play around with Ubuntu Natty. For extra fun, do an OS upgrade to 11.10 and brick the system.
- Download blc (Brenden Conoboy)'s latest image for the OS.
- wget http://blc.fedorapeople.org/fedora-arm/f17/fedora-arm-17-latest-armhfp-trimslice-mmcblk0.img.xz
- unxz fedora-arm-17-latest-armhfp-trimslice-mmcblk0.img.xz
- Set up SD card (I have a 32 GB card so we will go with the following).
- insert card into system.
- dd if=fedora-arm-17-latest-armhfp-trimslice-mmcblk0.img of=/dev/mmcblk0
- sync; sync;
- remove card from system
- Power off the trimslice if you had it on before.
- Insert card into system and reboot trimslice. The card will need to be inserted upside down versus the way you expect :).
- Boot the box.. if you have plugged the disk into a monitor.. you can unplug it now. Currently the nvidia driver is propietary and Fedora does not support it. You will either ssh in or use a serial console.
- Look at your router to find out what DHCP and mac address came up. If you can, you can put this into your router for a more static setup later.
- either use the serial console or ssh into the box
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org # found via router Password: fedoraarm
- The system will have started the steps to resize the downloaded arm image to disk space. You should do the following and check to see if it worked.
fdisk -lThe size of /dev/mmcblk should show that the /dev/mmcblk0p2 is now the size of the disk, but a df will show it not the right size.Time to reboot.
- After the 2nd reboot a resizefs should be running in the background and you should have a working system to start installing packages to.
But wait.. what good is a box that has no monitor? Well not much for desktop people.. but for a server it is pretty darn useful. Future articles will show the following:
- Setup of serial console (I didn't get my crossover cable yet).
- Setup of nvidia drivers for those who want a desktop more than purity.
- How to start a kickstarter to pay for a developer to port a free video driver
** I am assuming you have a local network plugin and a DHCP (most router/modems have this built in). I found that the trimslice built in wireless did not work as well as I hoped without an external antenae, and I also found that having a wired connection allowed for you to ssh into the box directly.