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.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

and uncomment the line

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

save, then type

apt update

Note: Some of the Python packages might be of versions older than you’d like (e.g. Scipy 0.10). You can try the pip install method in those particular cases.