A Virtual Appliance with Debian Squeeze and OpenWRT-XBurst Development Tools installed - for "out of the box" compilation for the Nanonote
erik.kugel at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 18:22:07 EDT 2011
Hi guys, I'm writing about a Virtual Appliance with Debian Squeeze and
OpenWRT-XBurst Development Tools installed, which would allow
immediately compiling OpenWRT packages for the Nanonote without going
through the painful process of setting up the development environment
As a non-developer, I found a working development environment to be the
single most confusing part of porting to the Nanonote, even more
confusing than OpenWRT's Makefiles. Granted, this could be my personal
lack of talent or skill, but it left me thinking removing this
"steppingstone" for some of the less experienced users might open more
doors, faster, for beginning Nanonote enthusiasts. The instructions at
http://en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/Building_OpenWRT_on_Debian_6 are great,
but might slightly intimidate less experienced Linux users. They are
also slightly daunting to follow if the need arises frequently (if
reinstalling OS, royally screwed something up, or other scenarios I'm
sure you ran into).
The easiest way to get around this I could come up with was creating a
Virtual Appliance which contains the basics for compiling for the
Nanonote, using the wiki instructions for Debian Squeeze. Such an
appliance can be run in VirtualBox (free and open source) or VMWare
Player (free as in beer), even on Windows hosts. The result is a single
2.4 GB file with a ready toolchain which is ready to "accept" package
Makefiles and compile them. Debian was installed, the toolchain was
compiled, the locales and paths were set. I gave it a quick test
compiling Pem (and a load of Perl dependencies) and it seemed to work.
The Virtual Appliance is unimaginatively called "Debian Squeeze with
OpenWRT-XBurst Development Tools" and comes as a single .OVA file. See
Virtual Appliance Download Page on 1fichier.com:
.OVA file MD5 sum: f9ebe1b0cfe63ae1aa584ddff7b222ed
root password: gongshow
1. Install VirtualBox.
2. Download Virtual Appliance .OVA file.
3. In VirtualBox click on "Machine" > "Import" and select the .OVA file.
I've added a brief section under the Building on ... Debian Squeeze wiki
Hope someone finds this helpful.
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