[Arm-netbook] GK802 for $70

Roman Mamedov rm at romanrm.ru
Fri May 24 12:08:14 BST 2013

On Fri, 24 May 2013 12:15:20 +0300
Paul Sokolovsky <pmiscml at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yup, 've been fighting Embedded ARM feudalism since days of (now 
departed) handhelds.org which Linux on PocketPCs (~2006).

And you have your perception skewed, as I can see you in the other message
in all seriousness suggest OpenWRT's opkg, as the package manager for a
Quad-core 1 GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM computer with gigabytes of storage. Wake
up, it's not a pocket PC from 2006, there is nothing about it that warrants
any special "embedded" treatment. The only thing that can be contrived as a
limitation is somewhat slowish SD card, but nothing stops people from using an
external USB HDD or SSD drive, if that becomes a problem (and it usually

I suggest that you get yourself some of these modern ARM devices to play with
-- you may be pleasantly surprised --, rather than speaking about your theory
of how dpkg is unusable and how opkg or whatever is the only viable solution
because it's all "embedded" and way too slow to run real software.

> The problem that individual efforts won't help, until entire community
> understands that it's *not ok* to produce "Debian installers" for
> laptops of exactly 14" size with white lid and serial number
> containing letters 'A' and 'T' (That's direct translation of "We are
> talking about an OS or an installer for the GK802." to "non-embedded"
> speak).

Well then explain what should I do. I have a GK802 and I want Debian on it.

Oh and also 10 of my friends-over-the-Internet want Debian on theirs too.

This is the problem at hand that I am solving. Not some ivory tower "the best
practices in operating systems design on the ARM platform" conundrum.

NB: and no thanks, I am not willing to spend months trying to get into the
Debian Installer or the Linux kernel port-mainlining development - even if I
would, getting a result tomorrow vs "in 6 months, maybe" - surely a tough
choice, is it.

With respect,
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