debian/fso on freerunner

Helge Hafting helge.hafting at
Mon Jan 25 18:06:01 CET 2010

Neil Jerram wrote:
> 2010/1/20 arne anka <openmoko at>:
>> not exactly. zhone as such has been updated only to ensure compatibility
>> with current e, but someone (neil? timo?) offered to take care of patching
>> zhone to enhance functionality.
> Yes, that's me.  I'm accumulating zhone patches here:
>>> Even I look at leading figures debian pass programs shr)))
> IMO Debian will eventually assimilate everything, including SHR.
> (Unless there is some major advantage of the OE build and packaging
> system that I haven't understood yet...)  It's the best combination of
> free software focussed build, tracking and package management that
> there is, and I really don't understand why anyone persists with other
> systems...

Debian is definitely great, but it has a big disadvantage on the FR:

Size matters.

Last time I checked, you couldn't even install debian on the internal
flash. You had to use a rather big SDcard.

I use shr-lite instead. With phone & gps software and a couple of games,
I still only use 42% of the internal flash. The SDcard I use
is for roadmaps and music only. I don't need it just to make calls. I 
can replace that card whenever I want to.

Debian is perfect when you have a few gigabytes, or more. I use it on 
servers, big laptops and tiny minimalist laptops. But debian is not what 
you want to cram into 100MB, at least not today.

Helge Hafting

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