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: Comment by Antartica_
by Alfman on Thu 7th Mar 2013 22:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by Antartica_"
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Thank you for posting. Are you connected to the project or are you just reading the article too?

That ARM ABI switch affected me quite directly as I witnessed it on a Buffalo Linkstation NAS device.

For my embeded NAS, I was able to recompile software to the new ABI without any of the shenanigans the article alludes to. Why go about solving the problem by building a completely unnecessary cluster comprised of underpowered target processors except as a personal challenge?

I'm not trying to be critical of that, I said in my first post that many of us do it for fun and do learn this way. But it still looks like most of the work was overkill and not necessary to achieve the end result. It will probably get thrown away if debian officially adds support.

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