Re: ARM on the ports page
2011/3/2 Adrian von Bidder <email@example.com>:
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> <li><a href="#intro">Introduction</a></li>
> <li><a href="#released">Released ports</a></li>
> <li><a href="#unreleased">Ports that haven't been released yet</a></li>
> - <li><a href="#nonlinux">Non-Linux ports</a></li>
> <li><a href="#various">Various port-like projects</a></li>
> @@ -30,9 +29,9 @@
> Debian is an operating system (OS), not a kernel (actually, it is more
> - than an OS since it includes thousands of application programs). To
> - prove this, we have our first three fledgling non-Linux based ports, listed
> - <a href="#nonlinux">at the bottom of this page</a>.
> + than an OS since it includes thousands of application programs). Accordingly,
> + while most Debian ports are based on Linux, there also are ports based on the
> + FreeBSD, NetBSD and Hurd kernels.
> <em>Warning</em> — this is a page in progress. Not all ports have
> @@ -91,10 +90,12 @@
> <h3><a href="arm/">ARM (<q>arm</q> and <q>armel</q>)</a></h3>
arm is not part of current stable release (Squeeze). Should it be
entirely drop it from the website?
> - First officially released with Debian 2.2.
> - This port runs on a variety of embedded hardware, including the NSLU2.
> - Armel is the more efficient successor for the <q>arm</q> port, which is
> - compatible with the ARM EABI.
> + This port runs on a variety of (embedded) hardware like routers or NAS
> + devices. The arm port was first released with Debian 2.2, and was supported
> + up to and including Debian 5.0.
> Armel (first released with Debian 5.0) is the
> + more efficient successor for the <q>arm</q> port, which is compatible with the
> + ARM EABI. These ports target machines with ARMv4t based CPU or newer and
> + without a floating point unit.
> <h3><a href="mips/">MIPS CPUs (<q>mips</q> and <q>mipsel</q>)</a></h3>
> @@ -161,9 +162,13 @@
> A fairly new port to Hitachi SuperH processors.
> -<h3><a href="http://www.debonaras.org/">armeb</a></h3>
> +<h3><a href="http://wiki.debian.org/ArmHardFloatPort">armhf</a></h3>
> - Port to big-endian ARM machines, especially to Linksys NSLU2.
> + A lot of modern ARM boards and devices ship with a floating-point unit (FPU),
> + but the current Debian armel port doesn't take much advantage of it. The armhf
> + port was started to improve this situation and also take advantage of other
> + features of newer ARM CPUs. The Debian armhf port requires at least an ARMv7
> + CPU with Thumb2 and VFP3D16 coprocessor.
> <h3><a href="http://www.linux-m32r.org/">m32r</a></h3>
> @@ -176,8 +181,6 @@
> Port to Atmel's 32-bit RISC architecture, AVR32.
> -<h2 id="nonlinux">Non-Linux ports</h2>
> <h3><a href="hurd/">Debian GNU/Hurd (<q>hurd-i386</q>)</a></h3>
> The GNU Hurd is a totally new operating system being put together by
> @@ -211,14 +214,6 @@
> <a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/">bazaar</a> fashion.
> -<h3><a href="http://wiki.debian.org/ArmEabiPort">ARM EABI Port</a></h3>
> - EABI is the new <q>Embedded</q> <acronym lang="en"
> - title="Application Binary Interface">ABI</acronym> by <a
> - href="http://arm.com/">ARM Ltd.</a>.
> - EABI is actually a family of ABIs and one of the <q>subABIs</q> is GNU EABI for Linux.
> <hr />
> <p><strong>Disclaimer:</strong> Many of the above computer and processor
Thanks for pushing this.
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