If it comes to complex robotics software I’m always looking for ROS. I wanted to be able to use it on my BeagleBone but Ubuntu was not satisfying so I though of keeping Angstrom since it is the ‘official’ distribution of the board but I had trouble with installing ROS onto it. The final solution was to install Debian Squeeze on the BeagleBone so ROS can go on the top of this. The importance of Debian is that it supports all hardware interfacing features Angstrom does (PWM, GPIO, Analog). First I tried Fuerte but there were some problems and I don’t really need any fancy stuff yet so I went back to Electric. (more…)
This tutorial assumes that you already have Ubuntu on your Beaglebone. If not, you can get it done this way: https://fleshandmachines.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/beaglebone-on-ubuntu-11-04/
Although Fuerte is out I don’t recommend it yet.
Connect to your BeagleBone using ssh.
A nice guide can be found to install ROS Electric here: