I am very surprise that BBQLinux has almost no reviews or publicity at all & a quick google search returns only a maximum of 10 pages only...
After all it is a Linux Distro specifically made for Android Development... It is maintained by Senior Recognized Developer codeworkx mentioned by himself...
It has everything you ever needed & you should have started development long ago & not cracking your head to setting up the Build Environment, downloading this & that dependencies packages...
BBQLinux is a user-friendly Linux distribution made for Android developers and everyone who prefers a ready-to-use system. It has everything on board to build AOSP or AOSP-based Distributions like OmniROM or CyanogenMod. The default desktop environment is MATE. It is using vanilla Arch repos, the AUR and a BBQLinux specific repo. BBQLinux can be installed by booting the Live DVD and using the graphical Installer called BBQLinux Installer.
IRC: #bbqlinux on freenode
Terminal Shortcut Key How-to
System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts
Drag&Drop works from Win Host to BBQLinux but not the other way round. To enable Win Host to access BBQLinux folder, for this Eg: create a new folder name BBQLinux at Win Host & put a check mark at Auto-mount. At BBQLinux Terminal,
mkdir -p ~/BBQLinux sudo mount -t vboxsf BBQLinux ~/BBQLinux
To enable Shared Folder to work after reboot, use below command at Terminal & pluma to check. Change it accordingly to your setup if you use other folder name.
echo BBQLinux ~/BBQLinux vboxsf uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0 >> /etc/fstab pluma /etc/fstab
WARNING : Take note of the double greater-than sign >> a single > will over write everything at fstab & it won't boot after that so make sure there is no typo mistake ! And remember to put a check mark at Auto-mount or it will not boot !
The new Shared Folder BBQLinux can be access from the Desktop after a reboot.
There are already tons of guides on the web, more or less the same so refer to the below...
Dual-Boot & Boot Menu
USB bootable how-to tips by Master Shifu himself...
Found the one & only installation walk-thru in Russian !
i guess only the Russian appreciates such a master piece... Google Translated version here...
Still couldn't boot up BBQLinux then head over here tons of infos so make sure you have gone thru all that first & if still you couldn't figured it out then ask Master Shifu codeworkx AKA Daniel Hillenbrand or try asking here . . .
Added on Apr 11, 2014
Confirmed BBQLinux can successfully built cm & omni . . .
Successfully built i9500 on BBQLinux & it tooks more than 7 hours on top of the initial 7 hours for syncing cm11 FULL source...
Commands to build on my PC...
First part mkdir -p ~/cm11 cd ~/cm11 repo init -u git://github.com/CyanogenMod/android.git -b cm-11.0 repo sync -f -j4 cd ~/cm11/vendor/cm ./get-prebuilts cd ~/cm11 source build/envsetup.sh lunch To select cm_i9500-userdebug by typing its listed number-> Eg: 50 -> Enter -> Wait & it'll resume syncing but there will be some errors & it'll stop 2nd Part export USE_CCACHE=1 prebuilts/misc/linux-x86/ccache/ccache -M 25G brunch i9500
Built successfully on Omni too...
Commands to build on my PC...
First part mkdir -p ~/omni cd ~/omni repo init -u https://github.com/omnirom/android.git -b android-4.4 repo sync -f -j4
What is ccache ?
WARNING : Take note of the double greater-than sign >> a single > will over write everything !
echo -e "\nexport USE_CCACHE=1" >> ~/.bashrc geany ~/.bashrc
Added on Apr 22, 2014
Philz Touch CWM Advanced Edition
Refer to here for more info . . .
How to update your BBQLinux Distro
i've bad experience with Windows Update at work so i never did try updating BBQLinux until now Thanks to Santhosh M for sharing his experience . . .
Just follow the commands & updating works like a charm !
You can find all updated packages downloaded to /var/cache/pacman/pkg so make a backup & in case of OS corruption then you can use it, no need to download all over again . . .
Added on Oct 04, 2014
Native UEFI booting BBQLinux
What is UEFI. What is the benefit ? Got mine booted to login screen in just 9 seconds & i'm not even using SSD !
Been using Vbox for quite awhile now, did install Native-Boot but only now free to look into UEFI booting for my mobo & found out all those steps are not needed for BBQLinux
For reference only, BBQLinux now support auto UEFI installation.
- Download Rufus or on Linux & create a UEFI bootable USB drive from BBQLinux iso
- Boot to Bios or press F8 for Boot Menu on Asus mobo & select the BBQLinux UEFI USB drive to boot to install BBQLinux
- Assign 100MB for /boot/efi, swap, root, home as per your preferences. Upon finishing, installer will tell you EFI variables are not supported, just ignore it & reboot.
- Boot the BBQLinux Installer again, use caja to mount the 100Mb partition, download, extract UEFI Shell v2 to the root of this partition & rename it to shell.efi
- Reboot to Bios, pull out BBQLinux Installer USB drive, boot to launch UEFI shell & follow below command.Code:
bcfg add 0 fs0:\EFI\BBQLinux\grubx64.efi "BBQLinux" exit
- Navigate to Bios Boot section, select BBQLinux, boot to this entry and enjoy.
Accessing EFI Shell on most mobo more or less the same so hunt for it if yours is not a Asus mobo . . .
Complete detail Walk-Through for setting up UEFI BBQLinux with photos
They say A picture is worth a thousand words hopefully newbies will be able to DIY after going thru all these. This Walk-Through setup details my Build Box that uses Asus mobo however it should be more or less similar for most mobo available on the market.
After you have booted up the UEFI BBQLinux Installer USB drive, you'll be greeted with the above. Press N
This screen will ask you to enroll the BBQLinux Installer USB drive loader.efi
This error details that you need to enroll \bbqlinux\boot\x86_64\vmlinuz too
Repeat the above process, look for vmlinuz & enroll it.
After this you should be able to boot the UEFI BBQLinux Installer USB drive
Now that you have finally booted up the UEFI BBQLinux Installer USB drive, you'll be greeted with above Welcome Screen, you can either choose Install BBQLinux or Try BBQLinux
After you choose Install BBQLinux, above notification will pop-up.
Go-thru each of the simple BBQLinux Installer menu & you'll get it installed. Generic calamares installation video. Below is obsolete info for reference, BBQLinux now support auto UEFI installation.
sudo efibootmgr -c -l "EFI\BBQLinux\grubx64.efi" -L "BBQLinux" <- This command assume you only have one Hard Disk Drive sudo efibootmgr <- This command will list out the boot order
My BBQLinux Build Box
As mentioned, UEFI BBQLinux Native-Boot on normal HDD on SATA 6 boots up & shutdown faster than Win8.1(non UEFI) on SSD SATA 6, try it yourself then you'll know !
As you've seen all other guides elsewhere, same advice, familiarize yourself with UEFI on Virtualbox first then only try it on real HDD. System -> Put a check mark at Enable EFI (special OSes only).
If you're trying it on actual HDD then better to disconnect other HDD as you wouldn't want bad things to happen in case of a single mistake.
You can skip a few more hassle if you don't use UEFI Windows. More info here, here & here
If you already have other UEFI linux distro, you can use efibootmgr to setup two different UEFI boot label. Below example details two BBQLinux installation on two different HDD. Change accordingly to you Distro.
sudo efibootmgr -c -d /dev/sdd -p 1 -L "BBQLinux" -l "EFI\BBQLinux\grubx64.efi" sudo efibootmgr -c -d /dev/sdc -p 1 -L "BBQLinux 1" -l "EFI\BBQLinux\grubx64.efi" sudo efibootmgr
Now both the UEFI BBQLinux & BBQLinux 1 is at the Boot Menu
Jenkins on BBQLinux
Added on Apr 13, 2015
Time taken for building from source is also cut by half when using SSD . . .
Added on May 05, 2015
BBQLinux on non-Android Development laptop
Installed UEFI BBQLinux on my non-android-developer friend's Samsung Laptop with Celeron Processor & he is super happy that it boots & shutdown super lightning fast compared to the bundle OS . . . Below are the packages that i had to remove since sudo pacman -Syu will update it as well
sudo pacman -R android-studio sudo pacman -R android-support sudo pacman -R android-sdk sudo pacman -R monodevelop-debugger-gdb sudo pacman -R monodevelop sudo pacman -R meld sudo pacman -R heimdall sudo pacman -R filezilla sudo pacman -R inkscape sudo pacman -R gimp-dbp sudo pacman -R gimp-plugin-fblur sudo pacman -R gimp-plugin-gmic sudo pacman -R gimp-plugin-lqr sudo pacman -R gimp-plugin-mathmap sudo pacman -R gimp-plugin-wavelet-decompose sudo pacman -R gimp-plugin-wavelet-denoise sudo pacman -R gimp-refocus sudo pacman -R gimp sudo pacman -R libreoffice-fresh
yaourt -S openoffice
Tried building recovery & it says not enough memory as it comes with only 2GB Ram, tried with swap file & that solved the problem ! In spite of removing quite a few apps, there are still alot of Android binary stuff in it !
Swap my Desktop PC SSD for testing purpose & expected to re-installing everything but it boots up without doing anything !
This time only allocated 256MB swap & that too builds without problems, Conclusion : You don't need 16GB RAM for building from source as advice by many other guides, just invest in a SSD & use swapfile ! BBQLinux OS on a 60GB SSD should be enough for building ROMs too, either get an external HDD for data storage or use back the existing laptop HDD as an external HDD.
Completed building recovery on Celeron laptop, it only use up 67.8% of the newly allocated 256MB swap.
Only now realize that my Desktop 16GB RAM was hardly used, wasted my money upgrading RAM, same amount of money should've got me a bigger SSD !
How to confirmed that you have really boot into UEFI OS
bootctl status System: Machine ID: be56bf48b7444091ba1c651c91e2c45f Boot ID: 68d69ecf4cb9470b88754b968f4e6b22 Secure Boot: disabled Setup Mode: setup Selected Firmware Entry: Title: UEFI OS Partition: /dev/disk/by-partuuid/bb6adf13-4b2b-4745-9b22-ec0ef5bdf56a File: └─EFI/BBQLinux/grubx64.efi
Added on May 23, 2015
i've created a barebone BBQLinux xfce4 with BBQLinux Media Generator for installation on my friends PCs & laptops, full credits to Master Shifu codeworkx
Removed all development stuff so now its about 800MB with installed size at just 4.2GB ! Though you'll have to install apps that you want with a simple sudo pacman -S 'name of apps'
So go ahead & install it to your old PCs/ Laptops, family & friends PCs & Laptops, let them experience the goodies of BBQLinux & they'll be amaze of how well it performs, super fast, like brand new !
Will work on any PCs/ Laptops after the year 2006.(64bit CPU either AMD or Intel)
Added on May 27, 2015
Got my old Canon MP140 scanner working as simple as Plug & Play !
sudo pacman -S xsane gocr
Added on Oct 09, 2015
Got bored with mate desktop then switch to xfce4 then to cinnamon easily without reinstalling everything...
sudo pacman -Syu sudo pacman -S bbqlinux-desktop-xfce4 sudo pacman -
Rscbbqlinux-desktop-mate systemctl reboot
sudo pacman -S bbqlinux-desktop-cinnamon sudo pacman -
Rscbbqlinux-desktop-xfce4 systemctl reboot
Updates => Just did a new installation for a friend's laptop & it doesn't work, use pacman -Rs & it worked, however on my BBQLinux Desktop( Month of May iso ), pacman -Rsc works...
Need to search a certain string on the source code but its like taking forever then use...
sudo pacman -S the_silver_searcher
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