Build a home server with Fedora and Beaglebone Black. by Nickos Roussos
Over the last Free Software Meetup we discussed about the “build your own home server” movement. This is a long and complex discussion, so most likely it will expand to future meetups. In the meantime I wanted to test BeagleBone Black (BB), as the hardware platform for such a project.
I prefer BB over Raspeberry Pi (RaPi) because, despite what many people seem to believe, RaPi is not fully Open Hardware. I also prefer armv7 hardware, since it gives me the option to use a “regular” linux distribution. I have the option for Fedora or Debian instead of Pidora or Raspbian.
During the meetup we talked a lot about Arkos, which supports many arm boards and seems like a great choice for administering your home server through a well designed web interface, lowering the technical knowledge threshold for setting up services like file or mail server. I’ll get back to Arkos, but at this point I wanted to experiment with a “regular” distribution. So this post is about Fedora and Beaglebone Black.
Download the Fedora ARM image extract it and rename it to fedora-arm.raw so it’s easier to follow the steps bellow.
Flashing Fedora to BB is not that difficult. The tricky part is that Fedora comes with an “initial setup” screen, which requires an hdmi monitor and a keyboard at least on first run so you can set some basic things (like root password). I wanted to do some modifications to the Fedora image, and get through this “initial setup” screen prior to flashing it on the BB. Inspired by Ebal’s post, I thought Qemu as a perfect tool for this job.
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