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Re: why not kernel images and other tools?

On Fri, Apr 23, 2004 at 02:06:10PM +0100, Peter Naulls wrote:
> There might be a call for a monolithic ARM bootloader package which
> contains all these things, knows how to access flash, etc, etc. 

Also RedBoot does a lot of that and is actually part of the Debian 
'ecos' package (RedBoot can be built out of the box from a vanilla 
eCos package). 

I am uncertain how (un)recent the Debian (woody) eCos package was 
synchronized with the fast moving eCos/RedBoot tree. Maybe for that 
reason, the idea of obtaining the bootloader from a Debian stable 
package might not be the best idea. Or conversely, should we invest
effort in regular updates of these packages, in close sync with 
the upstream development?

I read a discussion of hundreds of boards to be supported, but I see
that u-boot, RedBoot, linuxppc-embedded, arm-linux, ... are able to 
support many boards and platforms in one monolythic tree (and some
specific patches for certain ARM and XScale platforms).


Peter Vandenabeele
Mind: Embedded Linux and eCos Development -- http://mind.be/

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