Freerunner - small and fast distribution only for GPS

Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli GNUtoo at
Sun Aug 29 17:11:17 CEST 2010

> Hi,
> Am Samstag 28 August 2010 schrieb Timo Juhani Lindfors:
>> I don't really see the point in having a yet another
>> distribution. Just take an existing distribution and configure it to
>> fit this task. Optionally contribute back some new packages.
>> Configuring a system for GPS-only use is an interesting challenge.
>> 1) The filesystem probably should be read-only so that you can turn
>> the power off at any time, right?
>> 2) The only volatile part of the filesystem would then be the gps
>> tracks?
> Yes of course, you are right, maybe there is no need for a "new" distro, a
> modification of a existing one can work. But when we come to your
> mentioned
> read-only filesystem, then I dont't know if it is possible only by
> configuring? And what is with all the drivers for wifi, USB, GSM and so on
> which are not needed? Can we do this without compiling a new kernel?
> Ok, my first test would be to take an existing distro and remove all
> packages,
> which I don't need. Then we will see...
> What would be a good starting distro? I would take SHR, but maybe another
> would be better?
*take SHR or derives from it in openembedded,
*create a new lighter image.

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