Development environment suggestion ?

Pupino pupinux at
Mon Sep 29 16:48:56 CEST 2008

you've done a great job.
if you can put inside also the emulator (qemu) for the gta01/02 will be


2008/9/28 Joel Newkirk <freerunner at>

> On Sun, 28 Sep 2008 18:42:54 +0200, Michael Tansella
> <michael-tansella at> wrote:
> >> Hello community lists !
> >> This may be virtualbox images.. Nothing fancy, just ubuntu with
> >> toolchain, maybe even a "ready" eclipse version. Publish this by
> >> torrents, Maybe even with "good" to go software used during development.
> >> I spent lots of time before i got a working environment to develop/debug
> >> my openmoko in.
> >
> > +1
> > This would be very nice
> I have made such an image.  (a few times, in fact - first one got bloated
> before I thought about cloning it, second one got corrupted, third time's
> the charm, right? ;)  I'm working on it right now.
> I started with Ubuntu Jeos 8.04.1. (JEOS is Just Enough OS - stripped-down
> to the bare essentials to get a working X-less console install in a
> virtualized machine)  On top of that I selected (with aptitude) to install
> 'xubuntu-desktop', which is a metapackage that pulls in everything from
> Xubuntu. (Xubuntu is Ubuntu but with XFCE4 instead of Gnome or KDE) Don't
> really want 'everything' though, so before committing the installation I
> then go through and manually unselect a couple hundred packages, like X
> drivers for every video chipset (VM xserver only is required), office apps,
> etc.
> Bring in everything needed to build and install e17 (using and
> install the Openmoko toolchain and VMware Tools.  Then flush out all the
> development packages and i686 build tools not needed for cross-development,
> and remove the e17 build dir (~1gb).  Then go through again with synaptic
> and purge another hundred or so packages, though more can still go.  GDM
> offers e17 session at login as well, if desired, but default is xfce4.
> Right now, the image boots up and logs in user 'omdev' automatically (stop
> this in Settings->Login Window) with an xfce desktop.  /usr/local/openmoko
> links in desktop and /home/omdev, desktop shortcuts for xfce4-terminal and
> xterm, and edje_editor.  (the main reason I build e17 in the VM - for those
> wanting to change wallpapers, init screen, desktop layout, anything else
> "theme-ish" current Openmoko OS releases)  It has Firefox3 and Gimp but not
> much else preinstalled in the way of applications.  CVS, git, SVN, wget all
> installed and ready to run. A few other added console-based utils (mc,
> ipcalc, others) - vim as well.  (though at about 24mb and me not using it,
> it was tempting to purge it)
> Set up to share USB devices - tested with memory cards, but my Freerunner
> isn't in hand at the moment.  From VMware Infrastructure Web Access (latest
> VMware server) you can select any connected USB devices and they appear to
> the VM.  In this instance, I plugged in a USB thumbdrive, after the desktop
> recognized it I told VMware to connect it to the VM, and Thunar file
> manager popped up on the VM desktop displaying drive contents. Painless,
> but I don't know how easy it would be to redirect the Freerunner uboot to
> it for dfu-util, nor if it's stable/reliable enough to flash the FreeRunner
> through this arrangement. (I suspect it will be workable, though maybe
> awkward needing to keep uboot idling while redirecting USB)  usb0 is set up
> to communicate with the default FreeRunner usbnet config.
> I've tested the toolchain to be sure everything works as it should.  (I
> added ". /usr/local/openmoko/arm/setup-env" to .bashrc so the toolchain is
> always ready in new terminals)
> The image is preconfigured for one CPU, an 8gb partition (sorry, no more
> available on my workstation when created) and 1gb RAM, (change in VMware
> before booting if needed) with desktop set to 1280x1024. (change in
> SettingsManager->Display)  It currently uses 2.3gb of that partition, while
> a 7zip archive of the entire VM weighs in at about 1.4gb.
> What else should be here?  As it stands it serves my needs, but others'
> will of course differ.
> I thought about bitbake (which I don't use) but it seems to me that the
> added weight in the VM wouldn't be justified in the distributable form -
> thoughts?
> I intend to rebuild it with a significantly larger partition as soon as I
> can clear some space on this workstation's HD, but that'll probably be
> several days from now.
> j
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