Re: Embedded Debian, the 5 lb bag.
On Fri Jan 30, 2004 at 03:30:53PM -0700, Dr. Craig Hollabaugh wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-01-30 at 15:01, David Meggy wrote:
> > I really can't see a really embedded system being able to pull binary
> > packages from a Debian server. I think any really embedded system,
> > would need a server in the middle, to watch debian (security) sources,
> > then recompile, and re-offer the packages as binaries.
> That would be a huge undertaking seeing all the microprocessor variants
> even with a family. For example, PowerPC. You can't run PPC code across
> the board, there are FPU, cache and other issues. Its a mess, but
> embedded Linux vendors have gone down this road and offer BSPs for all
> these families and variants. So its possible. However, I can't see a
> PPC823 natively compiling its own distribution of debian. How long would
> that take? This is something to consider.
Which is why solutions such as http://scratchbox.org/ make sense,
since it makes a fast build system (such as an x86) act as a
native target system, by using binfmt_misc, a cross-development
system, and an nfsmount....
Erik B. Andersen http://codepoet-consulting.com/
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