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 Basic steps for setting up a new Linux distro on Utilite Pro 
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Post Basic steps for setting up a new Linux distro on Utilite Pro
Does anyone know the basic steps that are required to get an existing Linux distro running on the Utilite? I'm not averse to some low-level hackery but am not too familiar with the boot sequence, U-Boot, or Utilite hardware. The distro I'm aiming for is NixOS, which has already been ported to other ARM platforms (Raspberry Pi, Sheevaplug), so it's not entirely uncharted territory, but I expect it to be not entirely trivial.

Have the porting steps/difficulties been documented somewhere? I tried googling but mostly find people explaining how to set up Arch and Ubuntu, without explaining how those distro images were made in the first place.

Thanks!


Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:36 am
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Post Re: Basic steps for setting up a new Linux distro on Utilite
Hi,

you may find the steps how to set up ubutu for utilite here
http://www.utilite-computer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6947&sid=ed2e5026d101aaa6a2eb460a19d74372&sid=ed2e5026d101aaa6a2eb460a19d74372#p6947

or here for debian

http://www.utilite-computer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=1804&sid=ed2e5026d101aaa6a2eb460a19d74372


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Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:11 pm
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Post Re: Basic steps for setting up a new Linux distro on Utilite
First, there are 3 types of arm architecture commonly used, v5, v6h, and v7h
v5 v6h and v6h run on v7h
v5 and v6h runs on v6h
Only v5 runs on v5

The lazy way is to grab a working tarball of a working system, known as a rootfs
Next step is to use the kernel and modules from a working system of the particular device.
Kernels are not v5/6/7 specific, so if there is a rpi rootfs for nixos, you could rob the proper kernel from another distro, like this one
http://us.mirror.archlinuxarm.org/armv7h/core/linux-utilite-3.0.35-16-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz
with the rootfs that you have
Don't expect fancy things like acceleration on video

You can also run another OS and chroot into another mounted rootfs

The harder way takes more time


Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:33 pm
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