Debian on FreeRunner

Daniel Benoy daniel at
Thu Aug 7 19:24:01 CEST 2008

What I'm hoping for, is that the openmoko folks use the same software but start making .deb packages instead of .ipk ones :)  So that it would be a phone.

Although the worry, I suppose, is that the 256MB of internal flash wouldn't be pleased with Debian's full bash shell and such.

Perhaps the solution is for someone to volunteer to become a 'package manager' for Debian and produce .deb packages software like illume and the FSO components and such (Straight from git version control or whatever).  Maybe I will give it a try at some point.  (Or perhaps I'd try doing the same thing only with Gentoo).  In order for this to be possible, the openmoko team must have carefully ensured that their packages are autonomous, and they don't require extensive modifications to the source of other software (i.e. Hopefully they didn't put any special stuff into the X server, or whatever.)

On Thursday 07 August 2008 13:07:54 Andy Green wrote:
> Somebody in the thread at some point said:
> | I copied my /etc/pointercal from internal flash (Which can be mounted
> | from within debian as /dev/mtdblock6, I believe)
> |
> | That worked for me.  :)  Hope that helps.
> |
> | I wished that the openmoko team used Debian instead of openembedded..
> | I wish I could just apt-get stuff instead of having to struggle with
> | opkg .. and busybox annoys me sometimes.
> Well, Debian currently doesn't make it a "phone", but if that's not what
> you're doing with the device it makes a lot of sense, full servers and
> utils, relatively standard build and package system, etc.
> -Andy
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Daniel Benoy
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