On Sun, 21 Dec 2008 09:10:34 +1100
Brendan Simon <Brendan@BrendanSimon.com> wrote:
Another issue for powerpc is that yaboot does not seem to be in the grip
repository. Yaboot is a bootloader for "newworld powermacs" - all
powerpc macs that use openfirmware.
I have a powerpc mac, I know about yaboot.
This does not apply for intel based
macs which can use grub-efi. powerpc macs can not use grub.
Powerpc macs like the iBook had reasonable hard drives and support
expansion fairly easily - they are not usually described as embedded.
Is emdebian going to worry about boot-loaders ???
grub, yaboot, uboot, etc ???
grub already exists:
(When searching, ensure you select the appropriate architecture if a
package only exists on certain architectures - the default is ARM which
doesn't use bootloaders at all.)
Emdebian Grip is a filtered repository - packages have to be added
explicitly, then their dependencies. This has a huge bonus at runtime
because the dpkg and apt database is far, far smaller than any Debian
system (about 100 times smaller currently).
I've added yaboot though.
em_autogrip: INF: adding source package to locale using reprepro
em_autogrip: INF: adding powerpc packages to grip using reprepro
I either have to install yaboot manually, or specify a debian repository
with a lower priority than emdebian. Can that be done if using the same
disto (eg. unstable ?).
Maybe I will specify testing for the debian
repo and unstable for the emdebian repo.
Later on, I'll get the emdebian-grip package uploaded to the Emdebian
Grip repository so that you can download and grip any package you like.
Indeed, I'm thinking of splitting emdebian-grip out of the
emdebian-tools source package to make this easier.
To do that, I need to make some more improvements in the emdebian-grip
package, hence the testing.
Of course, as you mention, doing a proper debian install first, then
dist-upgrade to emdebian is the other way. It's an probably easier
process, but conceptually would be good to avoid :)
One step at a time.