Debian on the FreeRunner -- now official

Joachim Breitner nomeata at
Mon Sep 1 14:30:18 CEST 2008


Am Montag, den 01.09.2008, 14:11 +0200 schrieb Olivier Berger:
> Is there a link with the emdebian project ?
> It is not clear to me what's the real difference between emdebian and
> what you have done, as I know very few about emdebian after all.
> Just to get some clarification... but very good job, thank you.

The url is very creative: :-)

emdebian, AFAIK, does
 * provide cross-compilation
 * reduces package size by removing documentation
 * changes some compile options to further reduce package size
The last point makes it, in corner cases, problematic to mix with the
official archive. Also, emdebian does not cover all of the archive yet.

At the moment, emdebian does not support python, because python seems to
be hard to cross-compile, therefore we base our system for FreeRunner on
the official Debian for now. 

Eventually, when emdebian can run all the apps that we need (well,
python should be the only problem), it will also be able to run the
FreeRunner specific package, which by then are in the official archive.
I’m sure someone, maybe us, maybe the emdebian guys will provide an
installer or image based on emdebian. This will give users the choice
between the two.

I hope that clarifies some points.


Joachim "nomeata" Breitner
Debian Developer
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