UDOO BOLT is a Single Board Computer based on the AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 family of System-on-Chips (SoCs), a series of Dual or Quad Core, 14nm, SoCs with 64-bit instruction set and very low TDP.
The UDOO BOLT supports all the x86 Linux distributions 64-bit(aka x64, x86-64, x86_64). We suggest to always use a 64-bit OS version.
In the Getting Started section you can find a guide of how to install a Linux distro, the example is based on the Ubuntu OS.
Heads up! There is a known issue with amdgpu driver which comes with 18.04 LTS and maybe others Linux distros. During and after OS
installation it is possible that you may receive a UI after login or you may not.
Check the Known issues section to know how to deal with it.
If you are looking for the Linux Drivers for the V1000 Processors you can check the Linux Drivers section.
Heads up! The AMD processors of the UDOO BOLT and the Wi-Fi/BT module are released only few time ago so we suggest to use a recent distribution to find all the latest drivers already installed and all working properly.
Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo with amdgpu graphics and eMMC support
Due to the known issues with some Linux distributions, we've created an installer image of Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo optimized for UDOO BOLT.
This image will install Ubuntu 19.04 with the mainline Linux Kernel 5.2.10 that already includes the AMD eMMC Driver for the Ryzen v1000 series processors.
Using this image you will not need to use
nomodeset procedure to workaround the issue that afflicts amdgpu graphics in previous versions.
Ubuntu 19.04 - UDOO BOLT eMMC installer image
MD5SUM: b6eca6c59f692950e58bf078dbe13803 ubuntu-19.04.0-udoo-bolt-emmc-desktop-amd64.iso
In the Getting Started section you can find a guide on how to install a Linux distro. You basically need to create a bootable USB with a tool like rufus on Windows or Startup Disk Creator on Linux or similar, and boot the board from that USB to start the installation wizard.
Famous Linux distributions
Here you can find an unordered list of 10 of the most popular Linux distributions:
Ubuntu: is probably the most well-known Linux distribution. Ubuntu is based on Debian, but it has its own software repositories. Much of the software in these repositories is synced from Debian’s repositories. Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo is the latest Ubuntu released version. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver is the latest Long Term Support version with a support end of life on April 2023. In the V-Series V1000 Drivers & Support | AMD page you can find AMD stable drivers to support Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS.
Linux Mint is a Linux distribution built on top of Ubuntu. It uses Ubuntu’s software repositories, so the same packages are available on both. Originally, Mint was an alternative distribution loved mainly because it included media codecs and proprietary software that Ubuntu didn’t include by default.
Debian is an operating system composed only of free, open-source software. The Debian project has been operating since 1993 — over 20 years ago! This widely respected project is still releasing new versions of Debian, but it’s known for moving much more slowly than distributions like Ubuntu or Linux Mint. This can make it more stable and conservative, which is ideal for some systems.
Arch Linux is more old school than many of the other Linux distributions here. It’s designed to be flexible, lightweight, minimal, and to “Keep it Simple.” Keeping it simple doesn’t mean Arch provides tons of graphical utilities and automatic configuration scripts to help you set up your system. Instead, it means Arch dispenses with that stuff and gets out of your way.
Fedora is a project with a strong focus on free software — you won’t find an easy way to install proprietary graphics drivers here, although third-party repositories are available. Fedora is bleeding edge and contains the latest versions of software.
CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a commercial Linux distribution intended for servers and workstations. It’s based on the open-source Fedora project, but is designed to be a stable platform with long-term support. CentOS and Red Hat recently announced they’re collaborating, so CentOS is now part of Red Hat itself.
openSUSE / SUSE Linux Enterprise openSUSE is a community-created Linux distribution sponsored by Novell. Novell purchased SuSE Linux in 2003, and they still create an enterprise Linux project known as SUSE Linux Enterprise. Where Red Hat has the Fedora project that feeds into Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell has the openSUSE project that feeds into SUSE Linux Enterprise.
Slackware Linux is another institution. Founded in 1993, Slackware is the oldest Linux distribution that’s still maintained and putting out new releases today.
Puppy Linux is another fairly well-known Linux distribution. Previous versions have been built on Ubuntu, but the latest is built on Slackware. Puppy is designed to be a small, lightweight operating system that can run well on very old computers.
Others useful distributions:
LibreELEC – Just enough OS for KODI Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation. LibreELEC (short for Libre Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) is a distro based on Kodi, is a non-profit fork of OpenELEC as an open source just enough OS (JeOS) Linux software appliance distro for Kodi.
Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a computer into a full blown game console for retrogaming.
To help choosing your favorite distro you can also check this linux.org article.
A very updated resource to watch "which is the most used Linux Distro" and to choose one is Distro Watch