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You should really upgrade the firmware past 0.7.5 if for no other reason - to get a working reboot. 1.0.0 would be my current recommendation.
It is mandatory that you at least upgrade the firmware through the IDE to 0.7.5, or you won't be able to boot from an SD card.
Hm, will it be possible to update the Galileo in 1 to 2 months with the IDE? Or are there no such plans from Intel?
Intel has never promised any Arduino IDE past 1.53, which is BSP 0.7.5. And they never announced any plans for Galileo.
Don't let that stop you though - updating firmware is more reliable from the SD card than using the IDE.
And specifically - do not use the IDE to update any version of firmware past 0.7.5.
Full instructions are in the BSP documentation. I have updated this way a couple of times.
It does require a serial cable though - you are talking to grub, before Linux comes up.