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linuxquestionsrocks 11-04-2012 09:03 PM

Best super-small distro for ARM?
I have a lot of experience with Gentoo but I need something super-small I can run entirely from within a ramdisk on the 256MB Beaglebone. Can anyone recommend a super-small distro with good ARM support? I'm trying Tiny Core now but ARM support is new and I have yet to make it work 100%.

wpeckham 11-05-2012 10:27 AM

It would be difficult to get better than a home-rolled Debian based set. It depends upon your limits and criteria beyond what you have posted.

I fully expect Tiny-Core to become the best Live-Mini option in this space, but it may take some time. While waiting, there is significant ARM support in several distributions. Debian is the best that I use, but I only use a small subset of what is available.

linuxquestionsrocks 11-05-2012 01:51 PM

Thanks, can you recommend any others with excellent ARM support that I should check out?

FredGSanford 11-05-2012 03:42 PM

I would think doing a netinstall of Debian Arm would be a nice one.
Not sure how small these are

You would need to research them further, as I have never used any of them.

prushik 11-06-2012 05:20 AM

Build your own with Buildroot. Using uclibc will help you get a smaller size and you can include all the things you want for whatever you want to do.

linuxquestionsrocks 11-06-2012 03:11 PM

How small can Debian ARM get? Can it get smaller than Gentoo?

Buildroot looks very interesting.

linuxquestionsrocks 11-06-2012 09:28 PM

It looks like buildroot doesn't have some of the packages I need.

prushik 11-07-2012 04:44 AM


Originally Posted by linuxquestionsrocks (Post 4823823)
It looks like buildroot doesn't have some of the packages I need.

Buildroot is actually fairly easy to extend. Adding your own packages is pretty easy. It supports packages that use GNU autotools, cmake, and plain old makefiles.

linuxquestionsrocks 11-07-2012 01:16 PM

When you guys refer to Debian ARM above, do you mean Emdebian?

FredGSanford 11-07-2012 11:48 PM

This is the one I' was going by.

linuxquestionsrocks 11-08-2012 02:12 PM

Has anyone tried Embedian? It seems like it might be even better suited to something like this.

jefro 11-08-2012 09:44 PM

From ARM site.

Might look at Arch.

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