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Re: ARM Ports BoF: armel in buster

On Monday, 28 August 2017 16:23:24 BST W. Martin Borgert wrote:

> Quoting uhmgawa <uhmgawa@member.fsf.org>:

> > On 08/28/2017 08:46 AM, W. Martin Borgert wrote:

> >> As long as you have enough flash memory (some hundreds of MiB) and RAM

> >> (at least 64 MiB, better 128 MiB), Debian runs fine on such hardware

> >> in my experience. It depends on your applications, of course.

> >

> > Available flash is from 32~64MB depending on platform. So manual subset

> > of the distro id required and where recurring the effort enters the

> > picture.

> OK, then Debian is probably not an option. I doubt, that one can strip down

> Debian 9 to 32 MiB... Has anybody tried?

Have you looked at the now remerged OpenWRT/LEDE? They support

lots of little systems like this, and I think several are armel.




> >> Debian is supposed to be the "universal operating system". I.e. it is for

> >> server + workstation + embedded + whatever. This is different from most

> >> other Linux distributions.

> >

> > I applaud that goal. But the approach of using a native arch build

> > vehicle

> > for the distro also introduces complication for embedded class

> > development.

> > Not insurmountable but additional compared to the cross-build approach

> > typical of embedded linux distros.


> The native build requirement is only affecting Debian itself, not its users

> (people deriving the distribution for their needs or building appliances).

> In my company, we always cross-build our .deb packages for ARM. We do this

> also, if we need to recompile official Debian packages (local backports or

> patched packages). We don't have any armel hardware, that would be fun to

> build packages with.



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