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Getting started with the CMUCam3

One of the toys I got this Christmas is the very nifty CMUCam3. I haven't done much with it yet (the first picture I took with it is below). But, I did hit a small bump in the instructions for setting it up under Linux. The CMUCam3 Linux Quick Start Guide (overall, quite good) suggests downloading the Linux ARM-gcc compiler from the CMUCam downloads page. However, the link you'll find there has you download an installer binary instead of the bzip package referenced later in the instructions. In the CMUCam3 source directory, however, you'll find that BUILDING.txt provides a link to the CodeSourcery download page. From there you can find the bzip packaged version of the toolchain. I recommend that route instead.

Be sure to download the EABI target OS version.


  1. Dear Damon,

    I'm a student who uses the MIT OpenCourseWare extensively for my studies. My College library has banned all sorts of downloading citing security reasons. Because of this I'm unable to download course notes from the OCW page. I'm a regular visitor to yr page and found some of yr write ups really cool. I was wondering if you could show me how to get over this. The library uses WatchGuard HTTP. Thanking you in anticipation. Cheers, Rohit

  2. Hi Rohit,

    My suggestion would be to contact your university's technical support and ask them to lift the restriction for OCW. I've had to do this myself in the past when faced with an overly restrictive firewall.


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