I am pleased to announce that I have finished creating a minimal headless Ubuntu 10.10 SD card image for the Efika MX smarttop.
This SD card contains a base install of Ubuntu 10.10 with the text version of update manager and aptitude. it requires no screen or keyboard to get running.
You simply put the image onto an SD card, place it into the smarttop, plug in an ethernet cable and power on.
After a while the LED will blink red indicating that it is ready to install. ssh to 192.168.93.42 using the account and password of oem and you will get a menu with 3 options:
i -- install to internal SSD
r -- discard installer and run from SD card
s -- drop to a shell.
if you choose to install to SSD it will do so and shut down.
just remove the card and power on and the light will be flashing yellow. connect to the same account/ip and choose the r option and you will be asked a few questions about your network setup, timezone and the initial user account.
at the end of this the machine will reboot and will no longer have any flashing on the LED. log into the IP/account you set up and you are good to go with no traces of the installer left on the system.
The same setup process will happen if you choose r while booted from the SD card. this process will cause the installer system and archives to be deleted from the SD card and ask the same questions about network and initial user. at the end you will have a bootable SD card that looks the same as the install to SSD would (except its kernel and fstab are set up to run from sd card)
I will likely have this uploaded later today or early tomorrow. I'm waiting to see if a new kernel comes out publicly today.
This is my own personal project and not supported directly by Genesi.
You will be able to find the image when it is ready at http://steubentech.com/~talon/Efika-MX
I will reply to this post when I have the upload finished.