Familiar && Intimate
Hi. I thought I'd fill you in on what we've been doing for the past
couple of years. I'm the distribution manager for the Familiar
project. We have, for better or worse, our own distribution of Linux.
It uses .deb-format files, and some older .ipkg-format files, and our
own package installed called ipkg. These packages are sometimes built
from Debian-arm binaries, and are sometimes compiled by the packager.
More information is at http://familiar.handhelds.org,
http://gpe.handhelds.org, and http://opie.handhelds.org. The latter
two are built on top of Familiar.
Jim Connor (Tangent) has done a Debian distribution called Intimate
which installs onto a big CF or microdrive. You can get more
information from http://intimate.handhelds.org .
We would like to move to being able to install Debian packages. Of
course, there's a lot of bloat in Debian packages (relative to 16MB
flash). The main obstacle we see to being able to do this is having
to re-package .debs into .udebs. Plus, some .debs will have to be
split up into multiple .debs, and the dependencies re-done. How are
you tackling this problem?
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