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_"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

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.

http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Category:LSPro


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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RE[2]: Comment by Antartica_
by Antartica_ on Fri 8th Mar 2013 11:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by Antartica_"
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2012-12-28

Yes, the information about them is only from the article and comentaries. I'm not connected to the raspbian project.

On the other hand, I've been a long time using Debian, both for hobby projects and for work. I've been using it continuously from version 1.3.1 onwards, and in embedded scenarios in the MIPS and several ARM variants.

About the compile farm: Debian is not setup for cross-compiling the operating system (in contrast to Angstrom, for example).

Not so long ago, you could cross-compile Debian using scratchbox (based on qemu emulating ARM, patched so that it calls the native cross-compiler when necessary), but as Nokia abandoned Maemo I suspect that scratchbox is not being updated anymore, so not usable with Debian Wheezy.

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