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Re: Do I want to debootstrap Debian armhf on my iMX53 board?

On 24 May 2011 23:48, Phil Endecott <spam_from_debian_arm@chezphil.org> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I now have an i.MX53 "quick start" board, which I have connected to a SATA disk
> and it is running the Freescale-supplied Ubuntu from it.
> Next I need to decide whether to try to install some form of Debian.  (I guess
> the alternative is to use this Ubuntu image as a starting point and to strip it
> down to something usable - but I don't know how well Ubuntu would cope with the
> sort of surgery that I have in mind.)
> I think this comes down to:
> - Will the Freescale-supplied Ubuntu kernel work with the Debian userspace(s)?

It should, the kernel is quite agnostic with regards to the float-abi.

> - Is Debian armhf in a state where I can expect it to function?

It depends what you want to do, 88% of the debian archive is built, but it's
possible some of the packages you need are not there yet.

> - Will debootstrap work, or is there some other suggested process for installing
> a base system?

I have a 2GB sd card image at:


just dd it on a SD card, change the kernel uImage/uInitrd (and the
modules on the
root fs) with your own and it should boot. it might be slightly older
so just do an
apt-get update/upgrade soon.

> Looking slightly ahead, my next question will be whether I want to build locally
> on the device or to tackle the perennial pain of cross-compilation...

Native should work :)

> p.s. I am going to try to record my progress here:  http://chezphil.org/tvcomputer/

Thanks I'll take a look.


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