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Old 06-17-2017, 05:28 PM   #1
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Slackware on a smart phone


Is this possible? I've seen a few guides, but not for Slackware. A cursory read of the guides tells me it's still in a sort of beta/alpha phase. I especially don't like alpha software because I can't tell if it's me doing something wrong or it just doesn't work.

The benefits of a Slackware smart phone would be to have a very energy efficient server. I don't think you could even build a normal x86 with such low energy requirements. The only gotchya I could foresee would be the necessity for an external keyboard, as a touchscreen sort of limits you to a GUI of some kind.
 
Old 06-17-2017, 06:55 PM   #2
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You'd have to create a version of Slackware that ran on whatever CPU the smartphone you chose has in it.

Why not get a Raspberry Pi and use that instead? They are low-power and there are sites to tell you how to put slackware on one of them.
 
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:26 PM   #3
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Slackware on a smart phone

The Intel NUC is another low power device. The Apollo Lake version uses 10w at peak performance, and would most likely give a much better result... And standard Slackware64 will run on it without tweaking.
 
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Old 06-23-2017, 12:33 PM   #4
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Well, the idea was to use an old smart phone I already had and not have to buy another piece of equipment. But thanks for the responses.
 
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Probably I'm wrong, but I do not think a smartphone is really designed to build packages on it. Obviously it is not impossible, but will take a lot of time.
 
Old 06-23-2017, 05:13 PM   #6
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Rhetorically - Is it not possible to specify architecture during a kernel compile? If the phone is treated like any embedded device where all needs are to be satisfied at the time of installation, it seems possible to me assuming the cpu of the phone is a supported platform. It would take considerable research and effort but I venture to say in some cases possible.
 
Old 06-24-2017, 02:32 PM   #7
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Rhetorically - Is it not possible to specify architecture during a kernel compile?
The smartphone most likely is not x86, so you'd need a compiler (normally a cross compiler) that produces machine code for the target CPU.

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If the phone is treated like any embedded device where all needs are to be satisfied at the time of installation, it seems possible to me assuming the cpu of the phone is a supported platform. It would take considerable research and effort but I venture to say in some cases possible.
The Kernel is just one piece - you need to build the user land pieces as well.

Most (almost if not all?) of the modern smart phones use ARM CPUs. Someone once sent me an email saying they'd got ARMedslack running KDE on their Smartphone. It's not something I'd do though - I want Ethernet, USB and stuff like that; but you could run a server on one using WiFi and the onboard storage; but unless you were already adept at working on ARM systems, it would consume large amounts of your life ;-)
 
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Old 06-24-2017, 02:44 PM   #8
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We need a kickstarter for open source hardware for it!
 
Old 06-27-2017, 09:28 AM   #9
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Its possible since most phones are arm and we have slackware arm. Getting drivers for the hardware is the hard part.

As someone else said get a raspberry pi, I have a Pi3 and the official Raspberry Pi foundation 7" display running Slackware which basically makes a tablet. A Pi zero and a small screen could make phone sized.

For a small efficient server a Pi works fine without a display. Setup slackware over the network and ssh in from your phone/tablet/whatever.

Banana Pi, orange Pi, beagleBone Black all work fine for small servers.
 
  


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