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CuBox

The CuBox is a high performance mini computer/media center usable as an open source development platform. Besides its tiny size of only 2 cubic inches it is also very energy efficient using only less than 3W power.

Technical Data

  • ARMv7 running up to 800MHz
  • 1GByte, 32 bit, 800MHz Data Rate DDR3.
  • One 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port
  • 2 High Speed USB Ports, 1 microUSB (usable as serial port)
  • 1 HDMI Output Port (with CEC support)
  • 1 Optical SPDIF Output Port
  • MicroSD storage (up to 64GB)
  • One eSATA Port Supporting both Gen-1 and Gen-2
  • Infra Red Receiver with LIRC software support
  • 5V/2A power supply (consumption is much less if no USB devices are connected)
  • Dimensions ~ 55mm x 55mm x 42mm

Installing the openSUSE Tumbleweed image

  1. Download the image you want (Leap is stable, Tumbleweed is rolling) from here:
    Susemini.png
    Version:
    Tumbleweed
    JeOS image E20 image XFCE image LXQT image X11 image
    If the direct links above do not work for you (as we are constantly building new images), please check the general download directory for the images.
  2. As root extract the image onto your SD card (replace sdX with the device name of your SD card).
    WARNING: all previous data on the SD card will be lost. Check first if the device you have selected is really your SD card!
     xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX iflag=fullblock oflag=direct; sync
  3. Insert the SD card with the openSUSE image into your board.
  4. Connect the board to your PC via serial port (optional, but helpful for debugging; USB-TTL serial cable needed).
  5. Connect the board to your monitor (via DVI/HDMI, optional).
  6. Power on the board.
  7. Ethernet is configured to request an IP via DHCP, check your DHCP server for the board IP if used.
  8. Have a lot of fun...

Default login is root:linux, works on serial console, via ssh, GUI.


Installing the openSUSE 13.2 Image

  1. Download the latest openSUSE-13.2-ARM-JeOS-cubox-*.raw.xz image at http://download.opensuse.org/ports/armv7hl/distribution/13.2/appliances/ .
  2. As root extract the image onto your SD-Card(replace sdX with the device name of your SD-Card). WARNING all previous data on the SD-Card will be lost.
xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX; sync
  1. Insert the SD-Card with the openSUSE image into your CuBox.
  2. Connect the Cubox to your PC via the microUSB port. The device's name should be ttyUSB0.
    1. Run a a terminal emulator on your PC, e.g. screen:
       screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200
      (You may need to become part of the group "dialout" before doing this as non-root)
  3. Power on the Cubox.
  4. Walk through the first boot steps on the serial console.
  5. Have a lot of fun...

Known Issues

  • no video output (drivers not upstream)
  • YaST looks horrible in screen over serial console, workaround, zypper install putty ; putty -serial -sercfg 115200,8,n,1 /dev/ttyUSB0