RE: Embedded Debian (was: compaq iPaq)
Matthew Franz wrote:
> I think the OS-builder app is a great idea.
> Would its "raw material" be pre-compiled debian binary packages or would
My first pass at this will be based on snarfing pre-compiled binary packages.
Simply Q&D, but probably useful to a lot of people.
> it be able to build the system from source. Unless there were separate
I think building from source is a valid next step...
> embedded .debs, I don't know that the standard binaries would be compact
> enough to support limited memory/storage environments. Take busybox.
> Based on the build instructions, the app would modify busybox.def.h and
> build the binary to contain only the commands/features that were
> necessary. In many cases, the standard .debs would probably be fine, but
> in some cases you would need more control over the build.
One of my thoughts was to have something like a
"Use Busybox Whereever Possible"
config option. If this is set, then for each utility chosen by the user, if
there is a busybox implementation for this utility, use that instead of the
> An added benefit would be if the "OS-builder" were modular and extensible
> enough to not only configure which packages are to used but to configure
> the packages themselves. Lets say you were including apache (more likely
> boa!), you would be able to specify the initial document root and other
> essential variables.
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