Cubian Debian on cubieboard

Install LXDE with opengles accelerated on cubian Sep 29, 2013

Cubian doesn’t provide a desktop environment by default, but you can easily install it now.


Please make sure the rootfs has enough available space, over 1GB is recommended. You can use cubian-resizefs to resize your rootfs partition without losing any data.

For short

apt-get update
apt-get install xserver-xorg-core xinit xserver-xorg-video-sunximali sunxi-disp-test lxde
usermod -a -G video cubie

If everything goes well, You’ll get LXDE running with opengles accelerated


cubian with lxde screenshot

Step by step explanation

  1. Cubian update
    This ensures your cubian has the latest hardware support
  2. Install xserver-xorg-core and xinit
    We only need the xserver core packages, don’t install xserver-xorg package, it’s large and contains lots of useless files for us.
  3. Install xserver-xorg-video-sunximali and sunxi-disp-test
    These are display drivers and the driver test program. Thanks to ssvb.
    The X system should working now, you can test it by

    xinit /usr/bin/sunxi_disp_test – :0

    If this shows a colourful triangle in a grey background measuring 480x480 then all is fine! You can safely proceed to next step.

  4. Install lxde
  5. Add user cubie to video group, so it can access the mali device
  6. Run the test program again.Open a lxtermial from the start menu