Installing Python on Beaglebone Black


I’m learning some Python at the moment so I decided to go ahead and get it installed on my Beaglebone Black running Ubuntu 13.04 image from [HERE]. Here are the instructions in case someone is looking for them:

# First install some dependencies:
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install libreadline-gplv2-dev libncursesw5-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev tk-dev libgdbm-dev libc6-dev libbz2-dev
# Then download using the following commands:
mkdir Downloads
cd ~/Downloads/
# Extract and go to the directory:
tar -xvf Python-2.7.6.tgz
cd Python-2.7.6
# Now, install using the command you just tried:
sudo make install
# use “sudo make altinstall” if you don’t want
# Python 2.7.6 as the default version to use

Adapted from:

Finding the right power input for the Beaglebone Black


If you forgot to order a power source for your Beaglebone Black you may want to pick one up. The Beaglebone Black requires a 5.5mm OD x 2.1mm ID barrel connector from a 5v power source. I checked around and was able to find the right combo from radioshack. Albeit at a ~$15 premium compared to the normal adapter from Amazon. If you need to pick one up, find part numbers:

  • 273-344 – Enercell Adapter Tip “M” (White)
  • 273-333 – Enercell AC-to-DC Power Adapter 5V 2A (White)

You’ll need this for any usage above a low power keyboard and mouse. I tried hooking up my older gaming keyboard when it was on USB power and it would not work until I bought the 5V adapter.

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