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Posted at 1/14/2016 06:54:21     
Last edited by tlgimenes In 1/14/2016 12:47 Editor

Dear all,

After weeks of research and hacking, I finally figured out how to create an ArchLinux environment for Firefly-rk3288 with rfs on USB with a working wifi, VPU and mali GPU !!!

I wrote bellow a mini tutorial on how to create an ArchLinux ARM environment with rfs on USB, and hope the firefly team can inspire themselves in this post to write an article on the firefly wiki on how to install ArchLinux ARM on the firefly and officially support ArchLinux ! ( and I'm able to help the firefly team to do so, providing images, writting articles ... )


I would like to thanks the people of this forum that helped me with their previous posts and the firefly wiki.

You can find the tutorial here

I'm still finishing the wifi and VPU part (I have already it running, but I'm automating the process using systemd)

[EDIT]I've just included the wifi part. VPU is well tested yet If there are people who doens't want to go throught the hole process of building the entire system, I can also provide you minimal working images

Cheers \o/


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Posted at 1/14/2016 09:32:20     
nice job!!!
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Posted at 3/11/2016 17:53:20     
Hi tlgimenes !

You made a great work with this !

I tried your scripts to boot Arch Linux from a usb  key. However, I am experiencing some problems. When the firefly boots, it stops at the "Starting kernel..." phase. Then it bootloops for ever at this phase.

Maybe it fails to find the rootfs on the usb key when the kernel starts and then crash. I don't really know...

Or maybe I have a problem with my bootloader. What firmware did you flash on the eMMC memory ?

Would you have some advice to help me ? Thank you !
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Posted at 3/12/2016 10:59:01     
Hello Asuuga !!

So, it's being a while since I've done it, but I don't remember having this issue. It looks like you have a serial debugging cable. If you do have one, I suggest you follow this tutorial.

In the subject of wich firmware I'm using, I'm using the official Android 5.0 one

Good luck and tell me if anything goes wrong again
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Posted at 3/14/2016 10:37:15     
Asuuga Posted at 3/11/2016 17:53
Hi tlgimenes !

You made a great work with this !

It look like that your console mismatch, refer to the SDK's : FFTools/parameter/rk3288-3.10-uboot-linux.parameter.txt
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Posted at 3/14/2016 16:33:45     
tlgimenes Posted at 3/12/2016 10:59
Hello Asuuga !!

So, it's being a while since I've done it, but I don't remember having this issue ...

Thank you I will try this one !
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Posted at 5/16/2017 15:41:40     
What about RK3399 running ArchLinuxARM? Any Tuts out there? *__*
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