You'll obviously need a BeagleBone Black for this. In addition to that you'll need a 3.3V FTDI cable. This will enable you to connect your development machine to the BeagleBone's serial header via USB. With almost any terminal program you'll be able to interact with the Minix command line interface. Be sure to get the 3.3V version. While you can power the BeagleBone Black over USB, it may be more convenient to just get an AC adaptor and plug it into mains power. The adaptor I link to below has clips with different prongs for connecting to outlets in different countries. Choose the right one for your country. Lastly, you'll need a MicroSD card to load your Minix image on. The minimum size for Minix is currently 2GB. The class number specifies the transfer speed among other things. The higher the better as it can mean minutes when writing large images to the SD card. I chose a MicroSD card combo that comes with a full sized SD card adaptor because I have only a full sized SD card reader/writer (not MicroSD).
- BeagleBone Black ( BB-BBLK-000-ND )
- 3.3V FTDI Cable ( 768-1015-ND )
- AC Adaptor ( 993-1050-ND )
- AC Adaptor US Clip ( 993-1054-ND )
- Kingston 16 GB Class 4 MicroSDHC Flash Card with SD Adaptor ( Amazon.ca )
That's all for now. In my next post, I'll go over how to get the code from my github repository and cross compile it.