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Getting Started with Cubieboard by Olliver M. Schinagl

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Chapter 4. Manually Installing an Alternative Operating System

Installing a full-blown desktop operating system (OS) onto an SD card via an image is certainly useful, but limitations arise quickly. What if an installation to an SSD is desired? Or what about having a very minimal installation for use as a server? Surely no heavy GUI is needed for this? All these questions will be covered in this chapter.

This chapter will cover the following topics:

  • Partitioning and formatting a destination medium
  • Creating rootfs
  • Allowing booting of the destination medium
  • Updating the OS
  • Installing additional software

Prerequisites for this chapter

In this chapter, Debian (or even Ubuntu) will be installed to an alternative installation medium. A SATA SSD will be used, ...

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