Got debian installed through: http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardDebian 2013-08-26 image Though there are problems when netload gets high: USB gives up. ( Board has ethernet connector setup through USB instead of the SoC. ) Found a couple of references to this: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/beagleboard/ji8SiHrzC2Y How to solve? EDIT: Might just be power supply. I had it powered over USB, but it probably takes more than 500mA. It seems to run fine on a 2A DC adapter.