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    Openembedded CarPC distro: looking for help...

    Hi all,
    I'm trying to build an openembedded distribution for my carpc. I saw that matchbox window manager, gpsd, mysql(or sqlite) and roadster are in the repository, so I need only to figure out how to put them toghether in a working distribution...
    next step is to add nGhost to repository and distribution

    I've got an Epia mobo, so I choose "epia" as MACHINE.
    now I have to choose or create a DISTRO config files, but I don't know what to choose/modify.

    Anyone has already did it before?
    Can you help me?
    Thanks in advance!

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    You may want to look into the Linux from scratch project. Alternatively, Linux ICE aims to create a minimalistic distro with all the car PC goodies (linuxice.com). While still in alpha stage, Linux ICE comes with the latest evtouch drivers and nGhost. If you don't want to roll your own, you might want to check it out....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    You may want to look into the Linux from scratch project. Alternatively, Linux ICE aims to create a minimalistic distro with all the car PC goodies (linuxice.com). While still in alpha stage, Linux ICE comes with the latest evtouch drivers and nGhost. If you don't want to roll your own, you might want to check it out....
    Hi kev, I know about linuxICE (I'm SanzoGhenzo!!! )
    But I would try to use openembedded to build something lighter, as it was my goal bebore knowing your project.
    Instead of stripping down a bloated distribution (ubuntu), I prefer a lighter and platform specific to gain some speed. (At least I hope so)
    This could be an alternative to linuxICE for the brave users...
    It's simply a matter of writing down my own "distro" config file and include nGhost to OE repository.

    I tried to use "openmoko" ad base distribution, but I have some trouble compiling Glib.

    Bye

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    I do not think you will gain a lot by trying to get lighter than common distros. According to the following: http://linuxdevices.com/articles/AT5036152029.html
    Debian is actually the most commonly used distro for embedded devices. If you are trying to lighten things up by using some of openembedded's smaller components, then you might want to use puppy linux or damn small linux.

    Puppy linux looks interesting because it runs entirely from RAM.

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    oe build system

    i've been working with openembedded on my zaurus for a few weeks. its a nice build system that should work well for this. the user manual at

    http://www.openembedded.org/user-manual

    should give you a good start on it, i'm still working on learning how to create bitbake packages for it. i'm running gentoo on my carpc for now, don't really care about the size i take up building packages.

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