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Build Armbian for TV Box

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What this project does?

  • builds custom Debian based Linux system optimized for supported single board computers,
  • covers root filesystem generation, kernel image compilation and bootloader compilation,
  • maintains low-level control software for a selection of hardware,
  • provides a consistent user experience by keeping system standards across different SBC platforms.

 

What do you need to get started?

  • x64 machine with at least 2GB of memory and ~35GB of disk space for the VM, container or native OS,
  • Ubuntu Focal 20.04 x64 for native building or any Docker capable x64 Linux for containerised,
  • superuser rights (configured sudo or root access).

How to build an image or a kernel?

apt-get -y install git
git clone https://github.com/150balbes/Build-Armbian
cd Build-Armbian
./compile.sh

Armbian logo - The script will take care about preparing the workspace like installing necessary dependencies and downloading sources and tools. - It guides through the process until either a kernel package set or a readyo-to-image for a sdcard is created.

Build parameter examples

Show work in progress areas in interactive mode:

./compile.sh EXPERT="yes"

Run build tools inside Docker container:

./compile.sh docker

Build minimal CLI Debian buster based image for Odroid XU4. Use modern kernel and write image to the SD card:

./compile.sh BOARD="odroidxu4" BRANCH="current" RELEASE="buster" CARD_DEVICE="/dev/sda" \
KERNEL_ONLY="no" KERNEL_CONFIGURE="no" BUILD_DESKTOP="no" BUILD_MINIMAL="yes"

Build parameters, advanced build options, user defined configuration, build with Docker?

Compare with industry standards

Check similarity, advantages and disadvantages compared with leading industry standard build software.

Function | Armbian | Yocto | Buildroot | |:--|:--|:--|:--| | Target | general purpose | embedded | embedded / IOT | | U-boot and kernel | compiled from sources | compiled from sources | compiled from sources | | Board support maintenance   | complete | outside | outside | | Root file system | Debian or Ubuntu based| custom | custom | | Package manager | APT | any | none | | Configurability | limited | large | large | | Initramfs support | yes | yes | yes | | Getting started | quick | very slow | slow | | Cross compilation | yes | yes | yes |

Where to download prebuilt images?

https://www.armbian.com/download/

Armbian releases quarterly at the end of February, May, August, November. You are welcome to propose changes to our default images build list.

Additional information

Build tools overview

├── cache                                Work / cache directory
│   ├── rootfs                           Compressed vanilla Debian and Ubuntu rootfilesystem cache
│   ├── sources                          Kernel, u-boot and various drivers sources. Mainly C code
│   ├── toolchains                       External cross compilers from Linaro™ or ARM™
├── config                               Packages repository configurations
│   ├── targets.conf                     Board build target configuration
│   ├── boards                           Board configurations
│   ├── bootenv                          Initial boot loaders environments per family
│   ├── bootscripts                      Initial Boot loaders scripts per family
│   ├── kernel                           Kernel build configurations per family
│   ├── sources                          Kernel and u-boot sources locations and scripts
│   ├── templates                        User configuration templates which populate userpatches
│   └── torrents                         External compiler and rootfs cache torrents
├── lib                                  Main build tools libraries
├── output                               Build artifact
│   └── deb                              Deb packages
│   └── images                           Bootable images - RAW or compressed
│   └── debug                            Patch and build logs
│   └── config                           Kernel configuration export location
│   └── patch                            Created patches location
├── packages                             Support scripts, binary blobs, packages
│   ├── blobs                            Wallpapers, various configs, closed source bootloaders
│   ├── bsp                              Scripts and configs overlay for rootfs
│   └── extras-buildpkgs                 Optional compilation and packaging engine
├── patch                                Collection of patches
│   ├── atf                              ARM trusted firmware
│   ├── kernel                           Linux kernel patches
|   |   └── family-branch                Per kernel family and branch
│   ├── misc                             Linux kernel packaging patches
│   └── u-boot                           Universal boot loader patches
|       ├── u-boot-board                 For specific board
|       └── u-boot-family                For entire kernel family
└── userpatches                          User: configuration patching area
    ├── lib.config                       User: tools common config/override file
    ├── config-default.conf              User: default user config file
    ├── customize-image.sh               User: script will execute just before closing the image
    ├── atf                              User: ARM trusted firmware
    ├── kernel                           User: Linux kernel per kernel family
    ├── misc                             User: various
    └── u-boot                           User: universal boot loader patches

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Most of the project is sponsored with a work done by volunteer collaborators, while some part of the project costs are being covered by the industry. We would not be able to get this far without their help.

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