Debian, also known as Debian GNU/Linux, is a Linux distribution composed of free and open-source software, developed by the community-supported Debian Project.
The Linux Debian distribution is enabled for TI’s AM62x and AM64x platforms. Few key highlights of this project are:
The Debian filesystem image requires standard packages from debian.org and TI’s customizations as .deb packages. The deb packages for the components owned by TI are built using the public sources hosted on respective git repositories and the deb packages are hosted on TI’s official PPA repository maintained on Github/TexasInstruments.
The entire Debian build process is made easy with a build script, the script “ti-bdebstrap” is hosted on TI Debian Github.
This document also provides the required steps and instructions to customize the TI’s components for AM62x and AM64x SOCs and create the corresponding deb packages.
The entire project is made public and we accept community contributions as pull requests to github repositories.
The Github actions are enabled for buildscripts workflow, any change to config files, package additions or modifications in build scripts will result in auto generation of debian filesystem and hosted on the same repo, this allows user to try the Image for next 90 days without building on their owned.
1.1. Debian vs Yocto¶
TI provides both Debian and OpenEmbedded/Yocto based images as their Linux offering. Here’s a quick comparision between both to let you choose which one to get started with.
Faster since all the packages are downloaded as deb packages and installed.
All the packages are built from source. so build time is too high.
Patching SW Stack
Difficult because all components are installed as deb packages.
Since all the components are built from sources, patches can be applied using yocto recipes.
Host Hardware Requirements
Less because every component is downloaded except for bootloader.
High because building all the software stack takes so much storage space and computing power.
Installing new packages on the target
Since there is a package manager,
installing packages is as simple as
Since there is no package manager, packages has to be built using yocto or cross-compiled, and then copied to the RootFS.
1.3. Technical Support¶
Technical support is a broad term. Our desire is to provide a solid product, good documentation, and useful training that defines a clear path for developing a product based on the Linux/Debian/RTOS/Android SDKs. However, we know we’ll never cover everything that can be done, and occasionally we even make mistakes <gasp>. So, when you can’t seem to find what you need, there’s a good place to search through previously answered questions and ask a new one - The E2E Support Forums.
There is an active community of TIers and other customers like you already using a TI Processor, on these forums. You may find your question has already been answered with a quick Search of the Forums. If not, a quick post will likely provide you the answers you need.