- (of a person) control the functioning of (a machine, process, or system).
There is a debian package available from feeds.thing-printer.com. If you are using the Kamikaze image, this package comes pre-installed and you can simply write
apt-get install operate
If you are on a standard BeagleBone Debian Jessie based image, you must first install the key for the debian feed: Manual_installation_of_package_feed