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Build a customized Linux Debian Buster image for Acqua using Debos

Debos is a tool to make the creation of Debian-based OS images simpler. This article illustrates how to create microSD images for the Acqua A5 board

Please note: to follow this article is requested to have a PC running a real (no V.M.) Debian Buster 10 distribution on i386 or amd64 architecture.

Installing Debos package:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install debos

Clone this git repository:

git clone
cd debos-for-acme-boards

Add your Linux username to kvm group:

sudo adduser $USER kvm

Launch the command to generate the image for your Acme Systems board:

debos acqua.yaml

The file


will contains the microSD image

Use Etcher to write your microSD with the image generated

at bootstrap use:

Login: acme
Password: acmesystems

to extend the rootfs to fill the microSD size type:

sudo growpart /dev/mmcblk0 2
sudo resize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p2 

Start from binaries

To test directly the Debian Buster 10 on Acqua without to have built it from scratch download the ready-to-use image available here:


This article is based on Antonio Galea works available on this link:


Sergio Tanzilli
System designer, webmaster and Acme Systems co-founder

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