Re: Freescale i.MX6 boards/devices: Debian and related Distros?
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?
If you find using a vendor kernel acceptable then it should be pretty
easy to swap out the ubuntu root filesystem for a debian one. I suspect
debian kernels will get some support for i.MX 6 in the future but I have
my doubts as to whether it will be enough to make the device fully usable.
AIUI LMDE is debian with extra packages from the mint guys. Those
packages would need to be rebuilt for armhf.
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).
Debian packages are usually built natively, there is some support for
cross-compiling in the tools but there has never been any requirement
for the packages themselves to support it and many don't.
However the circumstances surrounding the introduction of 64-bit arm
mean it is likely that a lot of effort will be put into cross-building
support during the jessie cycle.