Request: Linux in Lattepanda Alpha 864

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sarathg
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Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:20 pm

Hello, I just received 864 version of Lattepanda Alpha. Can I have instructions to install Linux on it? Thanks.

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hyperwebnosphere
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Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:32 pm

I was also looking for a standard Linux Installation guide for my LattePanda Alpha (Not the older LattePandas running Intel Atom) in the first place as soon as I got my kickstarter reward. It turns out that the documentation just points to the older boards at the moment. So, there isn't any documentation of installing Linux on the Alpha yet, and no documentation of the BIOS options that allow booting Linux either.

I hope LattePanda does something about this soon with some sort of BIOS recovery documentation since I attempted to boot Linux via a USB unsuccessfully (even going into the BIOS) and now I can't even see my BIOS screen prior to booting only Windows (even when pressing DEL). I guess I am just stuck at booting straight to Windows.

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hyperwebnosphere
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Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:28 pm

I was eventually able to install Ubuntu 18.04.1 on my LattePanda Alpha 864 (8G RAM/64GB eMMC) after receiving it. I believe everything works out of the box for me (eMMC,Bluetooth,Wifi,Ethernet, Fan, etc). I'm quite surprised to see why there isn't any documentation about this by LattePanda themselves. But here's how I installed it anyway:

1. Get a Ubuntu ISO from: http://releases.ubuntu.com/18.04/ubuntu ... -amd64.iso

2. Use your favourite disk writing tool (Etcher, Rufus, etc) to burn the ISO on to the USB or SD Card.

3. Once that is done, boot on to your LattePanda, press the DEL key until you see the BIOS and disable secure boot in Security->Secure Boot->Secure Boot Enable = Disabled and set Secure Boot Mode to Custom.

Save changes and exit.

4. Insert your USB/SD Card and press F7 for the boot menu and select the ubuntu UEFI entry (Should come up as 'UEFI Generic....')

5. Select 'Install Ubuntu'.

6. Once it boots to the desktop, go through the options that you need until you hit 'Installation Type' (You can either wipe Windows or Install along side it if you want to keep Windows.)

7. After this step, it seems to be a typical Ubuntu Installation process.

Let me know if these instructions don't work for you.

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Summerguy
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:34 am

Hi ,

is Debian supported?

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hyperwebnosphere
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:29 pm

Hi Summerguy,

The LattePanda Alpha should be able to boot and install Debian without any issues (I tested Debian 9 myself) or even any other Linux distro I believe.

As long as you disable secure boot in the BIOS (or use a distro supporting secure boot), you should be able to install any Linux distro you want on the board.

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sarathg
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Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:27 pm

Thank you. This worked.
hyperwebnosphere wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:28 pm
I was eventually able to install Ubuntu 18.04.1 on my LattePanda Alpha 864 (8G RAM/64GB eMMC) after receiving it. I believe everything works out of the box for me (eMMC,Bluetooth,Wifi,Ethernet, Fan, etc). I'm quite surprised to see why there isn't any documentation about this by LattePanda themselves. But here's how I installed it anyway:

1. Get a Ubuntu ISO from: http://releases.ubuntu.com/18.04/ubuntu ... -amd64.iso

2. Use your favourite disk writing tool (Etcher, Rufus, etc) to burn the ISO on to the USB or SD Card.

3. Once that is done, boot on to your LattePanda, press the DEL key until you see the BIOS and disable secure boot in Security->Secure Boot->Secure Boot Enable = Disabled and set Secure Boot Mode to Custom.

Save changes and exit.

4. Insert your USB/SD Card and press F7 for the boot menu and select the ubuntu UEFI entry (Should come up as 'UEFI Generic....')

5. Select 'Install Ubuntu'.

6. Once it boots to the desktop, go through the options that you need until you hit 'Installation Type' (You can either wipe Windows or Install along side it if you want to keep Windows.)

7. After this step, it seems to be a typical Ubuntu Installation process.

Let me know if these instructions don't work for you.

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giiggss
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Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:02 pm

//Update

I got this fixed, it looks like the USB stick cannot be recognized while installing, so when i get the infinite output, i just unplug USB stick and plug it back, magically worked!

Thanks!



Hello Guys,

I follow the guide, but looks i have other issue with 18.04 installer , I use iso2usb to make the installer usb stick. Then i got infinite looping output, please see screenshot.

Any ideas? Thanks!
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hyperwebnosphere wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:28 pm
I was eventually able to install Ubuntu 18.04.1 on my LattePanda Alpha 864 (8G RAM/64GB eMMC) after receiving it. I believe everything works out of the box for me (eMMC,Bluetooth,Wifi,Ethernet, Fan, etc). I'm quite surprised to see why there isn't any documentation about this by LattePanda themselves. But here's how I installed it anyway:

1. Get a Ubuntu ISO from: http://releases.ubuntu.com/18.04/ubuntu ... -amd64.iso

2. Use your favourite disk writing tool (Etcher, Rufus, etc) to burn the ISO on to the USB or SD Card.

3. Once that is done, boot on to your LattePanda, press the DEL key until you see the BIOS and disable secure boot in Security->Secure Boot->Secure Boot Enable = Disabled and set Secure Boot Mode to Custom.

Save changes and exit.

4. Insert your USB/SD Card and press F7 for the boot menu and select the ubuntu UEFI entry (Should come up as 'UEFI Generic....')

5. Select 'Install Ubuntu'.

6. Once it boots to the desktop, go through the options that you need until you hit 'Installation Type' (You can either wipe Windows or Install along side it if you want to keep Windows.)

7. After this step, it seems to be a typical Ubuntu Installation process.

Let me know if these instructions don't work for you.
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Shapy
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Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:38 pm

Hello There! :D
The instructions that u gave worked good(I couldn't boot the OS from SDCard, but the USB worked) for my Alpha 864. The next thing I want to ask is how do I access the onboard Atmel chip to program in my new Ubuntu OS? Do I have to write some kind of drivers? Or will just installing the Arduino IDE in the OS directly will be enough to program the microcontroller. Also one thing I wanted to ask if there are any libraries in C++ for accessing the GPIO pins on the Alpha?
Thanks!!! ;)

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