Which ARM Linux "distro"?
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I'm currently running ARM Linux on an SA-1100 platform and to date I've
been using stock 2.6 series kernels and Nico's ramdisk_ks with lots of
success. However, I'd like to move to a more modern "distro" with recent
tools and root file system structure. I did look at the Wearable Group's
ramdisk but that's pretty long in the tooth as well. Does anyone have
any suggestions? It doesn't have to be ramdisk based and I'm flexible on
the hardware platform.
I've been able to run OpenZaurus/OpenEmbedded built kernels and images
with considerable success, but booting the OPIE desktop adds a lot of
bloat. This is fine when I want a PDA desktop, but often I'm just
testing or doing command-line stuff and don't need the GUI at all. Also
I don't want to be stuck forever with the archaic 2.4.18 kernel used on
What I'm looking for is a simple modern ARM distro which I can run more
like a (headless) server. There's Debian for ARM but that doesn't seem
to be so active these days. I could also start from the Netwinder
distribution though that platform also seems rather dated now.
I'm wondering whether to go with the GumStix software distributions from
www.gumstix.org. The advantages are that its reasonably up to date and
actively maintained. But I'd prefer something that was based on RPM/APT
(or something similar) with a decent library of pre-built software,
rather than just a collection of files randomly thrown into a root file
system. Also I'm not sure if I'll have to upgrade to a PXA-series
processor to run the gumstix software or whether there's sufficient ARM
user-land binary compatibility to run it on an old SA-1100. Of course I
can download the sources and rebuild everything if it comes to, or
upgrade my platform to PXA (which is overdue really).
There are plenty of choices. I'd really appreciate some ideas and
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