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Re: Freescale i.MX6 boards/devices: Debian and related Distros?

On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 05:31:56PM -0600, Darethehair wrote:
> [first post by newbie]
> OK, so I have/am running Debian linux and derivatives on most of my
> Linux devices:
> - Nokia N800
> - Linksys NSLU2
> - Cloud Engines Pogoplug
> - various desktops and netbooks (Linux Mint Debian Edition)
> Always looking for smaller, faster, leaner, quieter, cooler devices
> to run Linux on, I have been watching the 'android TV stick' models
> come and go, and the one that interests me the most right now (with
> claimed Linux support) is the 'Hiapad Hi802', which uses the
> 'Freescale i.MX6' SoC (quad at that!):
> http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/10/17/89-hiapad-hi802-android-mini-pc-based-on-freescale-i-mx6-quad-processor/
> http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/11/18/freescale-i-mx6-resources-development-boards-documentation-source-code-and-tools/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cnx-software%2Fblog+%28CNXSoft+-+Embedded+Software+Development%29
> There is a lot of good and optimistic info for running 'Ubuntu'
> linux on that chip (and various devices) -- but (in terms that I can
> understand) how easy is this likely to put pure Debian onto it?
> For a related question, my primary desktop Linux is LMDE (Linux Mint
> Debian Edition) -- what *exactly* would I need from the maintainers
> of that distro to create an ARMv7 (Freescale i.MX6) version?  Is
> this even realistic for someone like me?  I have compiled source in
> a 'tool chain' environment before (on an x86 desktop, to create
> binaries for my Nokia N800).
> I have searched for something that would explain 'how to port your
> favorite distro to ARM in 5 easy steps', but have not found a
> resource like that yet :)

Other than getting the kernel to work on it, debian armhf should work
just fine on it.

So you might need a custom kernel and bootloader setup, but that's it.

Len Sorensen

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