Re: Debian on the Sharp Zaurus/SL-5xxx
On Tue, Jun 18, 2002 at 03:17:19PM +0100, Wookey wrote:
> Yep I'm still here, and emdebian is not quite as dead as it web-pages make it
> look. There was a lot of work on emdebsys oct2001-Jan2002 to get it to quite
> a useful state. I am giving a talk on emdebsys at the UK Unix developer's
> conference in July to try and get a bit more interest and activity. There is
> one small commercial developer hoping to use emdebsys for one of their
> projects (which I think is _exactly_ what it needs to get it to a
> production-grade tool).
I can confirm what wookey says. At least emdebsys is in quite good
shape. We use it at university for a emdebeded system project and the
results are good.
There is a problem though. The frontend relies on CML2  which was part
of kbuild 2.5 but was removed recently and is no longer developed. The
backend of emdebsys is quite generic and only need a kernel config style
file with e.g. OS_BASH=y key-value pairs.
So before emdebsys can reach production quality IMHO a new frontend has
to be written :-/ IMHO the CML2 frontend was always the weak point of
emdebsys (whereas the snp-backend was the real strengh), because you had
to do to much "by-hand" in order to include new config-options. I have
some ideas about a new frontend (which could use more debian tools like
python-apt, a Package-like description and so on), but other duties
keeps me from working on it :-/
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