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Linux kernel for the BeagleV Starlight

What is this?

The BeagleV Starlight board is a new Linux-capable 64bit RISC-V development board. It has not shipped yet, but beta versions are out to developers. Consequently the board is not yet supported by upstream Linux. This tree is meant to collect all the in-development patches for running Linux on the board.


Cross-compiling the Linux kernel is surprisingly easy since it doesn't depend on any (target) libraries and most distributions already have packages with a working cross-compiler. We'll also need a few other tools to build everything:

# Debian/Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install libncurses-dev libssl-dev bc flex bison make gcc gcc-riscv64-linux-gnu
# Fedora
sudo dnf install ncurses-devel openssl openssl-devel bc flex bison make gcc gcc-riscv64-linux-gnu
# Archlinux
sudo pacman -S --needed ncurses openssl bc flex bison make gcc riscv64-linux-gnu-gcc

The build system needs to know that we want to cross-compile a kernel for RISC-V by setting ARCH=riscv. It also needs to know the prefix of our cross-compiler using CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu-. Also let's assume we're building on an 8-core machine so compilation can be greatly sped up by telling make to use all 8 cores with -j8.

First we need to configure the kernel though. Linux has a very extensive configuration system, but you can get a good baseline configuration for the board using:

make -j8 ARCH=riscv CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu- beaglev_defconfig

There is nothing magic about this configuration other than it has all the drivers enabled that are working for the hardware on the board. In fact it has very little extra features enabled which is great for compile times, but you are very much encouraged to add additional drivers and configure your kernel further using

make -j8 ARCH=riscv CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu- nconfig

Now compile the whole thing with

make -j8 ARCH=riscv CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu-


Once the build has finished the resulting kernel can be found at


You'll also need the matching device tree at


These two files should be copied to the boot partition on the SD card. That is onto the same file system that contains the extlinux/extlinux.conf. On the default Fedora image this is mounted at /boot.

Now add the following entry to the extlinux/extlinux.conf file:

label My New Kernel
kernel /Image
fdt /jh7100-beaglev-starlight.dtb
append earlycon console=ttyS0,115200n8 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rootwait stmmac.chain_mode=1

This assumes your root file system is at /dev/mmcblk0p2 which it is on the default Fedora image. Also if your kernel is very big it might be beneficial to use the compressed Image.gz rather than the uncompressed Image.

The beaglev_defconfig doesn't enable modules, but if you enabled them in your build you'll also need to install them in /lib/modules/ on the root file system. How to do that best is out of scope for this README though.



  • Pinctrl/Pinmux
  • GPIO
  • Serial port
  • I2C
  • SPI
  • MMC / SDIO / SD card
  • Random number generator
  • Temperature sensor
  • Ethernet, though a little flaky and stmmac.chain_mode=1 needed on the cmdline
  • USB, USB 3.0 is broken with CONFIG_PM enabled
  • Framebuffer, fbdev driver so not upstreamable
  • Clock tree, statically set up by u-boot, WIP clock driver
  • Watchdog
  • Security Engine
  • ISP
  • Video Decode
  • Video Encode
  • NNE50
  • Vision DSP


  • LED
  • PMIC / Reboot
  • Ethernet PHY
  • HDMI, working with some screens
  • AP6236 Wifi
  • AP6236 Bluetooth
  • GD25LQ256D SPI flash


If you're working on cleaning up or upstreaming some of this or adding support for more of the SoC I'd very much like to incorporate it into this tree. Either send a pull request, mail or contact Esmil on IRC/Slack.

Also I think of this tree mostly as a collection of patches that will hopefully mature enough to be submitted upstream. So expect regular rebases.