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From: Steev Klimaszewski <steev@...>
Subject: Re: Arm based netbook?
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:15:26 -0500
On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 1:40 PM, wireless <wireless@...> wrote:
> On 10/05/11 14:05, Steev Klimaszewski wrote:
>
>>> Anyone set up embedded Gentoo on an ARM (A8 or A9)
>>> based netbook? (
>
>
>> I do, on my EfikaMX smartbook, the only caveats being that some parts
>> are non-free, though I have sources, so I need to re-write the ebuilds
>> and build the tarballs for it still.  I've been installing gnome 3.2
>> on there, so it's going a bit slow at the moment.  One caveat of using
>> a "modern" desktop-y system is that consolekit seems to need
>> CONFIG_AUDITSYSCALL which doesn't exist for ARM devices yet.
>
>
> Ah, this is good news, I was just looking at the A8 version.
>
> Do you have minicom working on the usb ports (using an FTDI
> usb-2-serial chip?).

Being as I work for Genesi (see my sig) I have a debug board, when I
need it (technically I don't since I had to give mine up but if I
needed to I could get one from someone else in the company) worst case
scenario, if something bad happens I can boot from an SD card and fix
it.

> Have you cobbled together some sort of wired ethernet
> (usb-2-ethernet) of some type or do you just use
> wireless Ethernet?

I use wifi on the smartbook, but the default config for the 2.6.31
kernel in use has support for all usb->ethernet devices.

> You gonna put a doc into the hadbook like trimslice?
>

I thought there was one floating around somewhere.  Eventually I
might, but I don't have as much free time as I would like, and I
dislike xml, so if I did, I'd make a text file and shoot it off to
armin76 or nightmorph or someone to make it all pretty for the web.

>
> http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/base/embedded/handbook/?part=4&chap=10
>
>
> I'm itching to do this, but, I wanted to wait on the A15 chip
> (Omap5). Alas I may jump in before that A15 is shipping....

Being as our company uses Freescale chips, I'm looking forward to the
mx6, although it will probably be a while before anything comes out in
the consumer space based on it.  Quad core will be nice.

>
> James
>
>
>
>
>



-- 
Best Regards,
Steev

Steev Klimaszewski <steev@...>
Senior Software Engineer, Genesi USA, Inc.


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