I’m planning to acquire a Jetson TK1 to replace my five-year-old do-everything home server (a Marvell Kirkwood OpenRD). This will be a headless system and I would like to purge Ubuntu and have a minimal Debian system instead.
A search of this forum turned up passing references to debian sid but not much detail on the installation process. I found this utility to create a debian netinstall image on an SD card for a number of ARM boards, including Jetson: https://github.com/RobertCNelson/netinstall
Would this be the recommended method? Anyone know if you can mount a SATA drive and start installing to it right away? Any other advice/warnings that I ought to know?
I plan to run debian stable (Jessie). My understanding is that this works as long as you don’t need X.
Also, my first order of business will be to build myself a custom kernel with all the wacky networking stuff I’ll need. Is it straightforward to unpack the L4T kernel sources on a debian system and follow the usual make-kpkg process? The “Grinch” custom kernel scares me a little because it sounds a lot like the Android ecosystem, where stuff that everyone used to do is now reduced to black magic with catchy sounding names :) But I assume this exists not because it is really hard to do, but because most Jetson users aren’t comfortable building their own?
Please warn me now if you sense naivete…