Having a Cubieboard is only useful if you can actually use it and eventually develop and/or play with it. The preinstalled OS might or might not be adequate for this. Very often, Android is preinstalled on these devices, as the SoC used is usually found in Android devices, and the manufacturer mostly or only supports it. While BSD or Minix are also operating systems that are being developed by various developers, this book will limit itself to Linux as an operating system. The first few sections of this chapter will dig a little deeper into the concepts for educational purposes.
This chapter will cover the following topics: