To install Debian on the MiniX NEO X7 you need:
At first boot up your Linux Box, and insert your SD Card.
Find the right partition of the SD Card, it should contain only one partition:
Then format the partition as ext4:
Unzip rootfs.zip, then write the extracted rootfs image to that partition:
Resize the partition to the filesystem size to be able to use the whole SD Card:
Change the partition label to ‘linuxroot’:
So far, so good. Now eject the SD Card an insert it into the Minix.
Boot up your Windows Box, and extract minix_neo_x7.zip, it contains
the loader file:
the recovery kernel:
the parameter file:
and the RKAndroidTool, to burn the loader, kernel, recovery, boot image and parameter file.
Set your MiniX to recovery mode: To do this, use a paperclip to push and hold the button marked with “recovery”. While pushing, press and hold Power Button for about two seconds. Then release both.
Connect your Minix to your PC. Maybe you have to install the drivers first, please refer to the Minix Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbGp8WL4vu4) how to do that. Drivers are contained in the Minix Firmware Releases zip-files: http://www.minix.com.hk/Support.htm
Start the RKAndroidTool. On the bottom of the program, something like the following should be displayed:
- Select ‘erase IDB’
- Select and check the loader, kernel, boot, recovery and parameter files and then click ‘Run’.
You could connect the MiniX to a Display and Keyboard, just to track the initial startup.
Many thanks to the guys in the freaktab.com – forums, especially to the great support of mcividino (who explained me all the steps to get a working debian up and running on my MiniX, all of the files linked at the beginning, are also downloadable on his site, which is actually hosted on a MiniX.)