LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Password
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 11-13-2008, 02:50 AM   #1
fredrikis
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Posts: 20

Rep: Reputation: 0
What is the best way to build a system that is "almost" embedded?


Dear All,

I am looking for the best and simplest way to a build system that is like an embedded system on steroids.
All the distributions I have found that are targeted for embedded systems seems too small and tiny.
I want to build a x86-based system that is locked down and fast almost like an embedded device, but that can support things that normally applies to a desktop system (large screen, rich GUI, flexible printer support, large hard drive, full PostgreSQL or MySQL installation, java).
  • Are there any distributions out there that may be suitable for this?
  • Has anyone of you used bulidroot for building a system that is more capable than most embedded devices?
  • Would it be better to strip down a full Ubuntu desktop distro than to build up a Ubuntu server distro?
  • Would it be easier to tighten a Slackware distro than to tighten an Ubuntu distro? I am thinking especially about the kernel compiling step. I have noticed that the old fashioned way of compiling kernels is not recommended any longer for Ubuntu.

Thanks!
/Fredrik
 
Old 11-13-2008, 02:58 AM   #2
pinniped
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2008
Location: planet earth
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 1,732

Rep: Reputation: 50
Any range of boards with AMD Geode chips or even the latest ARM/XScale chips should do. Beware: ARM does not have a FPU, so don't choose that CPU family if you're doing a lot of floating point calculations.

For ARM and Geode you have a choice between so many 'form factors' - PC104/PC104-Plus, EBX, EPIC ... If you're happy with EPIC or EBX you can even get fanless PentiumM class machines (or their AMD or VIA counterparts). NanoITX and MiniITX are other possibilities.

Anyway - *many* of those machines can be plugged into an HD if you wish; many are the equivalent of a top-of-line desktop from only 5 years ago. Running *any* distro of Linux is not an issue. Well, depending on what you want to do, you may find that you need to trim a few things - like dump KDE and Gnome and go for fluxbox - you'll never really know until you try.
 
Old 11-13-2008, 11:14 AM   #3
Tinkster
Moderator
 
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: in a fallen world
Distribution: slackware by choice, others too :} ... android.
Posts: 23,067
Blog Entries: 11

Rep: Reputation: 912Reputation: 912Reputation: 912Reputation: 912Reputation: 912Reputation: 912Reputation: 912Reputation: 912
If you're after lean, mean and secure I'd definitely prefer
Slack if I were you. Just my 2 cents.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Edit "read-only" /etc/fstab from "System Recovery#" (without boot cd?) charlweed Linux - General 1 12-31-2006 05:57 PM
perl install error: Can't locate object method "new" via package "Module::Build::Vers powah Linux - Software 0 10-24-2006 01:57 PM
SIZE of "initrd" in accordance with system RAM in an embedded linux ( a busybox) ... rs_javadi Linux From Scratch 0 08-23-2004 01:01 AM
"X-MS" cant open because "x-Multimedia System" cant access files at "smb&qu ponchy5 Linux - Networking 0 03-29-2004 11:18 PM
RH "null" beta system freezes right after printing "INIT" markus1982 Linux - Hardware 0 09-09-2002 03:31 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration