Install ArchLinux on BeagleBone Black

The installation of ArchLinux on ARM based embedded devices is well documented online, but I always forget the extra and optional steps that are assumed to be known.

ArchLinux is a great operating system for low-cost ARM based embedded devices, such as the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black. The development team for the ARM port is doing an excellent job optimizing and updating the package repository.

The official website has instructions for installing ArchLinux ARM on the BBB, but is missing the details for post-installation steps that are generally not known by users who are just starting with ArchLinux. The best, most detailed and up-to-date ArchLinux installation tutorial I found is the one written by The Mukt, but at the time of this writing it appears to be offline.

Below you can find the condensed summary of the installation steps that I usually take on BeagleBones.

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ArchLinux Internet Connection Sharing on BeagleBone Black

I have a BeagleBone Black connected directly to my desktop PC for development and testing. Occasionally, I need the BBB to connect to the internet, for example to download updated packages. This post describes how I am sharing the internet connection between the two computers.

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ArchLinux AX88179 on BeagleBone Black

Trying to get an AX88179-based USB-to-Ethernet adapter to work on BBB under ArchLinux? Here’s how to compile the user package yourself.

Last time I checked there was no built-in support for AX88179 chipsets in the ArchLinux kernel for BeagleBone Black yet. As these chips are now being used more widely in USB 3.0 adapters for gigabit ethernet, this post describes how to install the kernel driver manually.

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