Link to this post 12 Feb 11

hello i have come to seek help, i would like to make a small computer with a beagleboard that uses linux. i would like information on how to do this, things to look out for, and necessary drivers.

frankly this idea just popped into my head tonight so i know nothing about beagleboard and only a little about linux. if you can point me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate that.

end result, i want a computer that can function without a monitor. i want to be able to carry it around and using voice commands (or small keyboard commands) can play music, record audio, or record video from a webcam.

Link to this post 13 Feb 11

I have not used a beagelboard nor know the specific hardware included. We may have someone with experience come in here to help, but most likely your best bet would be to use the beagleboard online community at , by going to their irc channel #beagle on you can talk to other users in real-time.

Link to this post 04 Mar 11

The beagle board has an arm based CPU, which renders many Distribution useless. As far as I know the following distros support your CPU:
Gentoo, Debian, LFS

The Slackware and Debian builts for ARM are only CHOST armv6, I think.

Have a look at neuvoo, they port Gentoo especially to the Touchbook which uses the beagleboard and they provide a toolchain for armv7a. If you want a graphical user interface is up to you in Gentoo ;)

hope that helps...

Link to this post 04 Mar 11

That sounds like a fun project , wish you best of luck.

Link to this post 04 Mar 11

I also sounds like you want to build your own personal mobile audio box. Why try something so complex, why not just purchase an ipod or RCA?

Link to this post 04 Mar 11

I develop software for ARM board with Debian Linux. They are really fine! However, I haven't tried the Beagle Board - I am using PC-104 ARM boards from Technologic Systems ( In any case, the biggest issue for you will be (IMO) developing device drivers for the voice recognition stuff. The board I use for development has USB, Ethernet, RS-232, SD Card interfaces, as well as tonnes of analog and digital I/O.

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