Release Note

The new headless image will be tailored for an audience that will be determined as part of this Blueprint. What ever the outcome this image is likely to change. Initial thoughts are that the image will be trimmed down in size to become a 'nano' like image, meaning downloading and using the image will be much faster. This smaller image will lend itself to board verification.

"The Linaro team is pleased to announce the availability of the Linaro Nano Image. This image is a evolution of the previous 'headless' image, cutting down the number of packages by XXX and reducing the size by YYYY. This image is intended as a board verification image allowing initial power-up and verification to be done. A command prompt will be reached if the board is fully supported. For a more developer focused image please see the Developer image instead."


The current headless image is neither small enough to be used as just a verification platform nor encompassing the right tools to be a developer image. The idea is to split the headless image into two to further differentiate the target audiences.

User stories

John has a new OMAP4 based Panda board and would like to quickly test whether the hardware works. He quickly downloads the small nano image, uses the linaro-media-create tool to create a bootable SD card image, and powers up the board.


  • There is a need for a very small nano image by our target audiences.
  • The headless image is not sufficient for many use cases.
  • The current headless image can be reduced in both package count and size.


  • Reduce the package count and size of the current headless image.
  • Strip down all but the essentials to get to a command prompt.


  • A new seed will be created with the minimum amount of packages needed to get to a command prompt. No extra packages will be included.
  • The current headless image will be discontinued in favour of the new nano image and a developer image.

Seed Changes

Seed changes should include an overview of what needs to change, and in some cases even the specific details.


Migration from the headless image to a new nano image will not be allowed.

Test/Demo Plan

The seed changes will be tested locally by the assignee for the ability to boot to the command prompt and also by the community using

Unresolved issues

This should highlight any issues that should be addressed in further specifications, and not problems with the specification itself; since any specification with problems cannot be approved.

BoF agenda and discussion

Use this section to take notes during the BoF; if you keep it in the approved spec, use it for summarising what was discussed and note any options that were rejected.

Current Headless Information

As of 2011-01-21:


  • Download Size: 64M
  • Download size with OMAP3 hwpack: 100M
  • Package count: 260

Package List

adduser 3.112+nmu1ubuntu4
apt     0.8.10ubuntu1
apt-transport-https     0.8.10ubuntu1
base-files      5.0.0ubuntu26
base-passwd     3.5.22
bash    4.1-2ubuntu5
bsdutils        1:2.17.2-3.3ubuntu3
busybox-initramfs       1:1.17.1-8ubuntu1
bzip2   1.0.5-6
ca-certificates 20090814+nmu2
console-setup   1.57ubuntu3
console-terminus        4.30-2
coreutils       8.5-1ubuntu5
cpio    2.11-6ubuntu1
cron    3.0pl1-116ubuntu1
debconf 1.5.36ubuntu3
debconf-i18n    1.5.36ubuntu3
debianutils     3.4.3ubuntu1
diffutils       1:3.0-1
dmsetup 2:1.02.48-4ubuntu1
e2fslibs        1.41.14-1ubuntu1
e2fsprogs       1.41.14-1ubuntu1
eject   2.1.5+deb1+cvs20081104-7.1
file    5.04-5ubuntu2
findutils       4.4.2-1ubuntu2
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gnupg   1.4.10-4ubuntu2
gpgv    1.4.10-4ubuntu2
grep    2.6.3-3ubuntu1
gzip    1.3.12-9ubuntu1.1
hostname        3.05ubuntu1
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initramfs-tools 0.98.1ubuntu9
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initscripts     2.87dsf-4ubuntu19
insserv 1.14.0-2
iproute 20100519-3
iputils-ping    3:20100418-3ubuntu1
isc-dhcp-client 4.1.1-P1-15ubuntu2
isc-dhcp-common 4.1.1-P1-15ubuntu2
kbd     1.15-1ubuntu3
keyboard-configuration  1.57ubuntu3
klibc-utils     1.5.20-1
less    436-1
libacl1 2.2.49-4
libatm1 1:2.5.1-1.2build1
libattr1        1:2.4.44-2
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libnewt0.52     0.52.11-2ubuntu2
libnih-dbus1    1.0.3-1
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linaro-overlay  1011.5
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sed     4.2.1-8
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tar     1.25-3
tzdata  2010o-1
ubuntu-keyring  2010.+09.30
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xz-utils        5.0.0-2
zlib1g  1:


Platform/DevPlatform/Specs/HeadlessImage (last modified 2011-01-27 07:32:57)