ARMHF Linaro images

Registered by Ilias Biris on 2011-07-07

We have released Debian armhf demo images for Genesi EfikaMX systems and Pandaboard.
They are based on current Debian unstable -which means that by in a few days there will be lots of packages to update :)

You can find them here along with sha256 checksums:

Genesi EfikaMX Smarttop/Smartbook:
http://releases.linaro.org/octo/debian-armhf/11.07/efika-armhf-20110716.img.xz
http://releases.linaro.org/octo/debian-armhf/11.07/efika-armhf-20110716.img.xz.sha256sum

http://releases.linaro.org/octo/debian-armhf/11.07/pandaboard-armhf-20110721.img.xz
http://releases.linaro.org/octo/debian-armhf/11.07/pandaboard-armhf-20110721.img.xz.sha256sum

They include current GNOME+KDE4.6 environments -not Gnome3 yet, just 2.3x, as currently in unstable. plus lots of packages. gcc 4.6 is used by default and is included.

They also include Phoronix Test Suite, so if you want to do some benchmarking you can do

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark pts/<test/suite>

where test/suite can be found from

$ phoronix-test-suite list-available-{tests,suites}

root password is 'armhf' and there is a default user 'armhf' with password 'demo' or 'test'. Both images include fbdev drivers and no special hardware drivers. The kernel in the images is not the Debian armhf default as that's not really working fully yet for both platforms, instead I got the currently supported 2.6.31.14.23 from Genesi for the EfikaMX images, and the Ubuntu Natty 2.6.38 for the Pandaboard.

Both images also include a custom build of Iceweasel 4.0 (= Firefox 4.0).

To use, just use something like the following (eg. for the pandaboard):

xzcat pandaboard-armhf-20110721.img.xz | pv | dd of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=2048

(the pv tool is not needed but it's nice to show progress on pipe transfers, just apt-get install pv).

Disclaimer: These images are "try-at-your-own-risk", though we haven't heard of a blown up Pandaboard or EfikaMX using them :)

Things to do yet:
* Provide a proper installer, based on debian-installer.
* Fix Iceweasel (5.0 or 6.0 in experimental, thumb2 errors)
* finish language compilers porting: gnat, ghc, openjdk, etc.
* Fix bugs :)

Blueprint information

Status:
Not started
Approver:
David Rusling
Priority:
Undefined
Drafter:
Konstantinos Margaritis
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Konstantinos Margaritis
Definition:
New
Series goal:
Accepted for 11.11
Implementation:
Unknown
Milestone target:
None

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[asac, Jul 25, 2011]: to get this into release, please add Headline: and Acceptance: lines to the whiteboard before the work items block. headline should be good to copy paste into the "release highlights" we send out with release announcement and acceptance should describe how the deliverable can be tested/validated to be delivered. validating against acceptance criteria should also be a work item for 11.07 in itself.
[asac, Jul 25, 2011]: please add URL where to find release artifacts for this deliverable as a whiteboard comment like this line. same for a background document (e.g. what was done, what can be seen, what issues die we ran into; what is still left; what are the next steps, etc.)

Headline: Debian-armhf Linaro images
Acceptance: install debian-armhf image, being able to boot on Genesi EfikaMX or Pandaboard

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Details for the releases:

11.07 release summary (what can it do, what does it contain)
11.07 release techn details (how it was produced)

(?)

Work Items

Work items for 11.07:
[markos-debian-org] Release of first Debian based image through Linaro as non-official (try at own risk) image: DONE

Work items:
[markos-debian-org] Headless ARMHF images using Linaro infrastructure: TODO

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