Debian Wheezy minimal custom image


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by darkbasic » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:32 pm
If someone is interested I made my own custom image:
http://www.linuxsystems.it/2012/06/debi ... mal-image/
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by bhoga » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:50 pm
Nice one. I'll be having a play with this tomorrow.

Can you elucidate any on A custom 3.1.9+ kernel with latest raspberry pi patches? Do you have a list of what's been patched?
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by darkbasic » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:44 am
I used latest snapshot of the patches from the raspberrypi's github git branch ;)
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by bhoga » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:51 pm
Hrm. I can't download from the link provided in your blog post :-( On clicking the download to disk image, it just comes up with XML content:

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<tree>
  <message type="SUCCESS"/>
  <require_auth/>
</tree>


... does AjaXplorer require a specific client installed? I couldn't tell from their website.
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by darkbasic » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:58 pm
Try opening it in your browser, you will get the real link.
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by itimpi » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:36 pm
I get the same XML displayed in my browser (IE9) rather than the file downloading/
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by darkbasic » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:15 pm
I would hardly call IE a browser. Please try with a better browser (even links works for me) and let me know if it does work for you. In the meantime I will try to find a Windows machine to test it.

@everybody else
Does it work for you?
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by darkbasic » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:20 pm
P.S.
Please try the new link in the meantime and let me know if it does work.
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by xtramural » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:22 pm
darkbasic wrote:I would hardly call IE a browser. Please try with a better browser (even links works for me) and let me know if it does work for you. In the meantime I will try to find a Windows machine to test it.

@everybody else
Does it work for you?

Nope: Safari Version 5.1.5 on Mac
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by darkbasic » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:43 pm
New link, faster server. Enjoy ;)
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by mpmc » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:47 pm
darkbasic wrote:New link, faster server. Enjoy ;)


Download link wont even load for me, the other link worked fine.
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by darkbasic » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:07 pm
My fault, it should be ok now.
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by bhoga » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:02 pm
Yep, download link working now. Many thanks!
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by darkbasic » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:25 pm
I made a new image based on raspbian: http://www.linuxsystems.it/2012/06/rasp ... mal-image/ :)
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by Montala » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:18 pm
darkbasic wrote:I made a new image based on raspbian: http://www.linuxsystems.it/2012/06/rasp ... mal-image/ :)

I rather like the sound of that... now if only I had a Raspberry Pi to try it out on! :)
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by darkbasic » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:35 pm
Update:
- Synced to 2012/06/08
- Disabled incremental updates, means apt-get update is much faster
- Workaround for a kernel bug which hangs the Raspberry Pi under heavy network/disk loads.

http://www.linuxsystems.it/2012/06/debi ... imal-image
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by nimdy » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:09 pm
Could you possibly make an image for slightly under 2gb? I'm trying to write the image to a 2gb card in Windows, but it is complaining that the disk is too small (1800mb i think).

Thanks.
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by darkbasic » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:39 pm
Can you force it? Because at the end I put the swap partition so you will lose no data... Such a way you can easily resize the root partition and create a new swap.

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Can you write the official debian image? Mine should be of the same size...
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by nimdy » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:08 pm
I'll have a go and report back. I'm playing with Rasbmc at the moment. Really should invest in some more 4-8GB SD cards! :D
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by darkbasic » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:04 pm
2GB should be enough, mine is 2GB too and works flawlessly...
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by oneingray » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:40 pm
BTW, the Wikipedia article reads:
The GPU hardware is accessed via a firmware image which is loaded into the GPU at boot time from the SD-card. The firmware image is known as the binary blob, while the associated Linux drivers are closed source.


As non-free (= “closed source”) software (including device drivers) is not permitted in Debian (in accordance with Debian Social Contract & DFSG), do I understand it correctly that the image also includes non-Debian software? (And if yes, is there any other non-Debian software beside these video drivers?)

Or (as seems to be suggested by the possibility to run the image under QEMU) the non-free drivers are only necessary to utilize the “advanced” features of the GPU (such as, e. g., 3D and video decoding)?
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by tufty » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:34 pm
They aren't drivers. They are closed source implementations of OpenGL/ES and OpenVG.

Wiki wrong as usual, world points and laughs.

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by darkbasic » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:21 pm
oneingray wrote:As non-free (= “closed source”) software (including device drivers) is not permitted in Debian


http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/non-free/

oneingray wrote:do I understand it correctly that the image also includes non-Debian software?


Correct.

oneingray wrote:(And if yes, is there any other non-Debian software beside these video drivers?)


The kernel isn't Debian software too, as I said it is a custom kernel (basically it is vanilla + some raspberry pi patches, there are no Debian patches at all).
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by oneingray » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:26 am
darkbasic wrote:
oneingray wrote:As non-free (= “closed source”) software (including device drivers) is not permitted in Debian

http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/non-free/
Not quite, as long as http://www.debian.org/social_contract is concerned:
We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of works that do not conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We have created "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our archive for these works. The packages in these areas are not part of the Debian system, although they have been configured for use with Debian.


darkbasic wrote:
oneingray wrote:do I understand it correctly that the image also includes non-Debian software?

Correct.
ACK, thanks.

darkbasic wrote:
oneingray wrote:(And if yes, is there any other non-Debian software beside these video drivers?)

The kernel isn't Debian software too, as I said it is a custom kernel (basically it is vanilla + some raspberry pi patches, there are no Debian patches at all).
I'm curious, are there any specific issues with the Debian patches?

Conversely, are the Raspberry Pi patches going to be accepted into either upstream or Debian (or both)?
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by darkbasic » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:32 am
oneingray wrote:I'm curious, are there any specific issues with the Debian patches?


No, they are simply not needed for the raspberry pi.

oneingray wrote:Conversely, are the Raspberry Pi patches going to be accepted into either upstream or Debian (or both)?


I don't know, I'm sorry.
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