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Re: Development of Chroot mageia distro to suit ARM chromebo

Postby doktor5000 » Dec 28th, '15, 02:37

For the arm x86 thing yould should maybe start a new thread ...

FWIW, in the meantime there has been pretty much going on regarding the Mageia ARM port.
We got two ARM build nodes added to the Mageia buildsystem:
[council] New ARM server
[sysadmin-discuss] welcome to our new ARM server
[sysadmin-discuss] armagnac is now live

IIRC, armv5tl basesystem and its buildrequires, including Qt4, Gtk2/Gtk3 have already been rebuilt in cauldron.
The ARM port has also been added as a feature targeting Mageia 6: https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Feature:ARM_Port

See also https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Installing_M ... OS_devices which has been updated often in the meantime.
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Re: Development of Chroot mageia distro to suit ARM chromebo

Postby waferhead » Dec 28th, '15, 05:51

Cool, that Chromebox procedure is likely top work on this chromebook, as the factory developer mode seabios appears borked.
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Re: Development of Chroot mageia distro to suit ARM chromebo

Postby doktor5000 » Mar 27th, '16, 12:30

FWIW, the armv5 port is now online and available via all mirrors. For now see the announcement on -dev mailing list:
[dev] ARMv5 port now online
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Re: Development of Chroot mageia distro to suit ARM chromebo

Postby xboxboy » Mar 27th, '16, 14:41

Thanks for the bump Doktor.

I don't currently have access to that Chromebook, but if people are interested I'll help see if we can get the latest and greatest version working. We should be able to get a mageia install 'unofficially' loaded and update the chroot settings via crouton. Achieving magiea acceptance officially into crouton posed quite a challenge for my amatuer bash script levels.

I have a couple of other arm devices I'll be trying to get mageia on.
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Re: Development of Chroot mageia distro to suit ARM chromebo

Postby jiml8 » Mar 27th, '16, 20:23

I am presently heavily involved with an ARM port of a FreeBSD product we are developing and selling, and I have learned some things I did not know before...or, more properly, had not considered at all.
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Basically, none of the ARM products out there have a BIOS. Thus, all the basic gruntwork that is done by a BIOS on x86 platforms has to be done by the OS in an ARM system. This makes ports very system specific and involves a lot of extra work (usually in assembler) that is not necessary in the x86 environment.
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So, porting Mageia to ARM is something that must be done board by board. I'm thinking the best way to go about it would be to port over the board-specific code from some version of Linux that has already been made to run on that ARM board.
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Re: Development of Chroot mageia distro to suit ARM chromebo

Postby xboxboy » Mar 28th, '16, 00:12

Jim, you're 100% right. But things are improving all the time. I recently installed fedora on a mk802ii arm mini pc using their stock installer. Their image ships with a whole heap of boot files so you simply copy the required boot section to the start of the OS disk. It worked flawlessly.

The beauty of that method is now I get full system updates, where as previously I've made images using the original boot system and kernel which means the OS files get updated but not the kernel.
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