On Monday, 28 August 2017 16:23:24 BST W. Martin Borgert wrote:
> Quoting uhmgawa <email@example.com>:
> > 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.