Beta Release of SBC-SAMA5D36 RootFS
Today we released a beta version of a new root file system for the SBC-SAMA5D36. The main changes are a new Kernel Version and the use of systemd as init system. The Kernel version is 4.9 and is a longterm maintained kernel (see this page for more information). Systemd has some advantages over sysv like parallel start of services (if possible), delaying of the start until a service or device is really needed, and it is compatible to the old sysv init scripts. Systemd also has some other advantages like builtin monitoring of running services and restart of them if they crash or stop working and also better dependency handling of services.
Use this beta release at your own risk. There are some known issues and mabye also some unknown ones. We will stabilize this release during the next weeks and bring out a stable release. Please find the release under following link:
To get the debug-console of the SBC-SAMA5D36 you can use one of the cheap USB to serial converter that are offered on ebay, amazon, aliexpress and other sites. There are some modules that have exactly the same pinout as the SBC and can directly connect to it. So no extra wiring is needed, expect for an USB-cable, but they are much cheaper than the original FTDI USB-serial converters. But be careful to choose converters which are capable to handle 3.3V levels.