Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 11:43 UTC
Debian and its clones "When you buy a Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer doesn't come with an operating system. Loading your operating system of choice onto an SD card and then booting the Pi turns out to be pretty easy. But where do Pi-compatible operating systems come from? With the Raspberry Pi having just turned one year old, we decided to find out how Raspbian - the officially recommended Pi operating system - came into being. The project required 60-hour work weeks, a home-built cluster of ARM computers, and the rebuilding of 19,000 Linux software packages. And it was all accomplished by two volunteers."
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RE[3]: Nice to see !
by Alfman on Thu 7th Mar 2013 18:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nice to see !"
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"How is this reinventing the wheel ?"

The article didn't go into details, but it really reads as though the bulk of the work was re-invention and not adding math support. If you are opposed to labeling it re-invention, then how about we call it extraneous side-work, which is only tangentially related to the main task of recompiling the packages with new math support.

If and when debian decides to support the RaspPi's math processor, will they really reproduce this guy's hardware rig and use his toolchain to produce new packages? Or will they modify their existing toolchain to support the math processor?

I've placed my finder on it, this reminds me of a rube goldberg invention for software!

Edited 2013-03-07 18:42 UTC

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