power of "apt-get install" example: Linksys NSLU2 is now official supported by Debian installer, 2. free ARM emulator QEMU

Koen Kooi koen at dominion.kabel.utwente.nl
Thu Nov 16 22:52:10 CET 2006

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Robert Michel schreef:
> Salve Koen!
> On Thu, 16 Nov 2006, Koen Kooi wrote:
>> As indicated before, openmoko won't use apt, but ipkg.
> Ok - so I asked myself why ipkg and not apt.
> http://www.handhelds.org/hypermail/familiar/129/12970.html 
> gaves the answer that ipkg will use less memory on the mobil.
> I love to be able to use one tool on diverent devices and plattforms
> so my first reaction on this info was :(

Ipkg is *the* standard for embedded devices. Look at openwrt, the sharp zaurus or the
angstrom distribution. We can argue about ipkg's bugs later :)

> Second, I still have the open question if ipkg on Neo1973 could
> let me use the normal .deb packets from the debian mirrors, or
> comes the need with ipkg to convert every packet?

No, openmoko uses a different ABI (softfpa instead of hardfpa, although I'm hoping for
EABI) as debian, so .debs from debian/ARM wouldn't run. As a side note, .debs are the same
as .ipks, both are ar-wrapped tarballs with control information. ipkg can install .debs
(compiled with the right ABI) and dpkg can install ipks (again, compiled with the right abi).


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