Status for non constrained embedded systems
Dear Emdebian Developers.
It seems the main focus of emdebian is for more deeply embedded systems,
such as iPAQ. As such there is a lot of work to get a small rootfs by
using busybox, uclibc, etc. Other things like GTK+ are also of interest
to an iPAQ but not necessarily other types of embedded systems.
The embedded systems that I work on are larger 1RU communications
equipment with lots or processor grunt (PowerPC), RAM, Flash, etc.
Packages of interest for comms equpiment would be snmp (net-snmp), web
server (apache), remote terminal (telnet, openssh), security (openssl,
openswan), etc. I do not see the need for uclibc, as glibc would be a
lower risk due to its wide spread use. I do see that busybox does have
an advantage if managing/building from sources as it is a single
package, but if using pure debian sources then the other packages that
busybox replaces is also equally valid.
I was wondering what the status off emdebian is for this type of system?
Using the emdebian cross-tools (eg. on Etch/AMD64 build machine), could
I generate a PowerPC rootfs (linux, glibc, net-snmp, openssh, apache,
etc) from the debian sources?
Given it is more like a workstation filesystem, just cross-compiled from
debian sources, would emdebian be more advanced for this type of
development than for a deeply embedded system such as an iPAQ?
I want to start a development team on a new project in the next month or
so, with the intent of having a stable rootfs by Q4/2007. Will emdebian
be stable enough for this? At the moment it seems to moving very
quickly which is great, but also risky.