Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Aug 2006 20:24 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Debian and its clones Technologic Systems is offering a freely downloadable, Debian-based Linux OS image said to boot from an SD card in less than two seconds, on the company's ARM9-based SBC (single-board computer). The TS-7300 SBC targets embedded applications requiring "extreme design security, flexibility, and reliability", according to the company.
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RE[2]: nice arm boards
by Cloudy on Fri 25th Aug 2006 21:16 UTC in reply to "RE: nice arm boards"
Cloudy
Member since:
2006-02-15

Technologic has the price list for their parts on line.

For the TS7200 it's at http://www.embeddedarm.com/epc/ts7200-spec-p.php

Replace the '7200' in the url with the model number for the others.

I've got a TS-7250 with a USB external hard drive attached to it that, just for giggles, I've self-hosted NetBSD on. It takes it a week to build all of NetBSD from source, but it does manage.

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RE[3]: nice arm boards
by Francis85 on Sat 26th Aug 2006 20:22 in reply to "RE[2]: nice arm boards"
Francis85 Member since:
2006-05-21

This is why you want to cross-compile it from a faster machine and cut it down to less than 2 hours ;)

See http://www.netbsd.org/guide/en/chap-build.html for details.

I use my iMac G5 to build NetBSD's userland & kernel for my Cobalt Qube2. It's over 60 times faster at compiling the sources.

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RE[4]: nice arm boards
by Cloudy on Sat 26th Aug 2006 22:13 in reply to "RE[3]: nice arm boards"
Cloudy Member since:
2006-02-15

There are two reasons to self-host. One is that it used to be the traditional milestone that declared a Unix port to a new machine "finished", and the other is that it's a great stress test for the hardware that it exercises.

But yes, the speed difference is why I only did the self host "for giggles."

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