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Chapter 3. Getting Around with Linux

To the uninitiated, Linux may seem like a strange beast. It comes with a lot of power, customizability, and a lineage that dates back to the early days of computing. Besides the price (free), the best part of using a Linux OS is the huge community of users, who have contributed their knowledge to the code itself and to helping other users.

While there are many different distributions, or flavors, of Linux, the people at BeagleBoard.org provide their version of the Ångström distribution of Linux for use with the BeagleBone. It’s the software that’s preloaded on the BeagleBone Black and is also available for download from their servers. Throughout this book, we’ll be using Ångström, but it’s possible to use other ...

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