The Knochenreiter (German for the Wesnoth unit Chocobone
) is a modified BeagleBone Black with the fully free Parabola GNU/Linux distribution preinstalled on the internal 4GB EMMC card.
Removing the Debian
operating system from the device is needed to meet the criteria for the Free Software Foundation's Respects Your Freedom (RYF)
It can be used as a small home server, an embedded development platform or for flashing libreboot. The Knochenreiter ships with SSH enabled, so you do not need an FTDI cable for normal usage.
Parabola GNU/Linux boots from the internal EMMC which is only 4GB. If you need more memory an external microSD card can be used.
Flashrom is provided for flashing libreboot, it also contains Device Tree
overlays for various other peripherals. There is an HDMI port that can be used to connect a TV set, an ethernet port and a USB port.
The processor on the BeagleBone Black is a Sitara AM3359 from Texas Instruments clocked at 1 GHz.
It also features a Programmable Realtime Units which can be programmed with the GNUPRU toolchain
and a Cortex-M3 microcrontroller. Unlike PCs there is no BIOS, instead Das U-Boot is used as a bootloader. It is also possible to install grub.