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Work-in-Progress 26-june-2009

How To: Running Fedora-ARM on Sheevaplug


The SheevaPlug is a development platform, targeted for use as a plug computer, and designed to run network-based software services. It features a Kirkwood Series SoC with an embedded Marvell Sheeva™ CPU core running at 1.2 GHz.

=== Technical Specifications

  • Power: 2.3w idle no attached devices, 7.0w running at 100% CPU utilization
  • CPU: Marvell Kirkwood 88F6281 ARM Based, 1Ghz - 2Ghz processor
  • Memory: 512MB SDRAM, 512MB Flash
  • Display: none
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, SD, Gigabit Network,JTAG mini USB
  • Dimensions: 110 x 69.5 x 48.5 (mm)

Setup Kernel Image

You can either simply use a pre-built kernel image or build your own from source.

Pre-built Kernel Image

You can get one of the following pre-built kernel images for ARM: 1. Include link XXX

Build Kernel Image From Source

You will need to have an ARM cross-compiler. If you do not have one, download one from CodeSourcery's web-site, install it and ensure that is it in your path.

export arch=ARM
export CROSS_COMPILE=arm-none-linux-gnueabi-

You can also use the Fedora cross toolchain that we provide.

Download the Linux kernel (I have tested with 2.6.30), and build it for kirkwood_defconfig.

$ cd linux-2.6/
$ make kirkwood_defconfig
$ make uImage