Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2012 22:13 UTC, submitted by kragil
Linux "It is common to see newbies asking in microcontroller forums if they can run Linux on their puny little 8-bit micro. The results are usually laughter. It is also common to see, in Linux forums, asked what the minimum specs for Linux are. The common answer is that it requires a 32-bit architecture and an MMU and at least a megabyte of ram to fit the kernel. This project aims to (and succeeds in) shatter(ing) these notions. The board you see on the right is based on an ATmega1284p. I've made one with an ATmega644a as well, with equal success. This board features no other processor and boots Linux 2.6.34. In fact, it can even bring up a full Ubuntu stack, including (if you have the time) X and gnome."
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RE[2]: No practical use?
by Dr.Mabuse on Sun 1st Apr 2012 09:20 UTC in reply to "RE: No practical use?"
Dr.Mabuse
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2009-05-19

Depends if you really mean linux as in the kernel, or gnu/linux as in the whole platform. I think it would be possible to create a gnu/linux-like OS for the atmega. We'd have gnu userspace apps/libs and could compile things like ssh, apache, etc for the microcontrollers.


I meant Linux as a kernel, but now that I think about it some more, I think userspace apps/libs would be the more important/useful thing to have.

NB: I've only done a little programming with PICs (sumorobots with SDCC) and while I did get myself a kit for the AVRs, I never truely followed up on it.

Thanks for the info!

Edited 2012-04-01 09:21 UTC

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