Making an Arch Linux SD card for the Wandboard

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This article how to create an Arch Linux SD card for the Wandboard. It also covers how to add some customization, like a user interface and a desktop, to the minimalistic default installation.


For this content with a minimalistic installation can follow the excellent guide at:

For those wishing for a little more, the additional steps taken by the Wandboard team while making the 2015-06-09 demo SD card image.

Step 1

Create an SD card following the instruction on the arch linux page (above).

Step 2

Download u-boot from the wandboard git, and patch it with [1].

Compile SPL u-boot for the Wandboard.

Step 3

Flash u-boot image into SD card after compile finishes.
sudo dd if=SPL of=/dev/sdc bs=1k seek=1 oflag=dsync
sudo dd if=u-boot.img of=/dev/sdc bs=1k seek=69 oflag=dsync

Step 4

Install XFCE desktop environment by:
# pacman-key --init
# pacman -Syu --noconfirm<br # pacman -S --noconfirm xorg-xinit xorg-server xorg-server-utils xterm<br # pacman -S --noconfirm xfce4
# pacman -S --noconfirm mesa xf86-video-fbdev xf86-video-vesa
# pacman -S --noconfirm slim
# pacman -S --noconfirm wget
# systemctl enable slim.service
# systemctl enable

# wget
# cat xinitrc >> ~/.xinitrc
# wget
# cat bash_profile >> ~/.bash_profile

# reboot

Step 5

Your board boots up with a graphical login.

Use root/root to login.