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Getting Started with Cubieboard by Olliver M. Schinagl

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OS image installation background

Many sites and forums on the Internet speak of firmware or ROMs when talking about an installation for an embedded device. It all sounds very mysterious initially, but this is far from the truth. A ROM is nothing more than a full disk image, which, in turn, can be written to storage, which the board can boot from. The name ROM is derived from the fact that the data used to be stored in a ROM chip. Many of the OS images that can be found for Allwinner development boards are tailored to a very specific board. This is not surprising, as the chip used might be the same on a range of boards, but certain attached peripherals might be completely different; one board may have different memory chips for example. Another ...

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