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openSUSE on your ARM board

Pre-built images for ARM boards are available:


Click on your board and follow instructions.

If no pre-built images are available for your board, download the root file system (armv6-rootfs or armv7-rootfs) available at:

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Version:
Factory
http://download.opensuse.org/ports/armv7hl/factory/images/
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Version:
13.1
http://download.opensuse.org/ports/armv7hl/distribution/13.1/appliances/
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Version:
12.3
http://download.opensuse.org/ports/armv7hl/distribution/12.3/images/

And make your own SD card to boot on, with first bootloader (manufacturer specific), U-Boot (configured for your board) and a kernel (configured for your board) if openSUSE does not provide it.

Bootstrapping a kernel using openSUSE chroot

openSUSE does not currently ship a cross-compiler for ARM. If you don't want to compile your own, you can use a chroot'ed openSUSE rootfs on your PC.

First, download the JeOS rootfs from the openSUSE:Factory:ARM images repository:

$ wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/ARM/images/openSUSE-Factory-ARM-JeOS.armv7l-1.12.1-Build32.6.tbz
$ sha256sum openSUSE-Factory-ARM-JeOS.armv7l-1.12.1-Build32.6.tbz
$ mkdir rootfs
$ sudo tar xvjf openSUSE-Factory-ARM-JeOS.armv7l-1.12.1-Build32.6.tbz -C rootfs

Set up QEMU translation for ARM binaries:

# zypper in qemu-linux-user
# qemu-binfmt-conf.sh

Prepare the environment:

# mount --bind /proc rootfs/proc
# mount --bind /sys rootfs/sys
# mount --bind /dev rootfs/dev
# cp /etc/resolv.conf rootfs/etc/
# cp /usr/bin/qemu-arm* rootfs/usr/bin
# chroot rootfs

You can now run commands like you would on an ARM board, for example:

# zypper ref
# zypper up
# zypper in gcc make SDL-devel

Either obtain kernel sources using wget, git, etc. or copy into the rootfs from the host. Then compile like you would natively. Once you're done, type

# exit

and you're back in your previous filesystem.

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