Enabling extra apt install software/apps on Beaglebone

By default, the Beaglebone Black with Debian as of this writing doesn’t have packages like python-scipy in the repositories. This is simple to fix by enabling the “backports” repo as follows.

  1. On the Beaglebone /etc/apt/sources.list uncomment the line

     deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main contrib non-free
    
  2. on the Beaglebone

     apt update
    

    and then you may find the packages you wanted.

Note: Some of the Python packages might be of versions older than you’d like (e.g. Scipy 0.10).

pip install --update scipy

may help those particular cases.

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