I had to flash my beaglebone black with Debian 8.1, but I'm having trouble running/installing a lot of node modules I need for interacting with the hardware. From what I can tell my problems are mostly due to lack of support for the Linux kernel 4.1.

Is there any way to downgrade my kernel to 3.8? Are there any publicly available Debian 8.1 images with the 3.8 kernel that will work on a Beaglebone black?

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The Beagleboard github currently hosts a 3.8 kernel branch, which I think should work for your board.


Debian Wheezy for the Bone Black with 3.8 kernel is available here.


Also, this seems like a question more apt for Superuser.

  • The default user/password for that image is debian/debian in case anyone installs the image and can't figure out how to log in. Jan 20, 2017 at 7:10
  • I was pointed at an image with the 3.8.13-bone80 kernel that is similar if not identical to the Adafruit version (e.g. includes clpru compiler): debian.beagleboard.org/images/… Jan 21, 2017 at 1:41

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