i.MX515 Project
openSUSE support

in category Linux Distributions
proposed by czp on 2nd February 2009 (accepted on 1st June 2009)
Project Summary
openSUSE is one of the most popular Linux distributions. Right now it is available for x86, PPC and an unofficial port to Itanium. Recently ARM support was added to the openSUSE Build Service , which is used to build the distribution. Some people are already working to port openSUSE to ARM in QEMU.

My plan is to use my experiences from previous openSUSE board bringup works ( EFIKA , MPC8610 and MPC5121e and enable i.MX515 support for the next release.

Project Blog Entries

  openSUSE ARM status
posted by czp on 22nd December 2011

Just a quick heads up: over 4100 packages compile now, which is over 80% of all packages. Java is there, but part of KDE and GNOME is still missing.
  openSUSE ARM status
posted by czp on 29th November 2011

openSUSE ARM is progressing nicely. Over 3500 packages from Factory compile now. There were many package and qemu fixes. The next big step is to get java and mono compiled, which block many of the remaining packages.

For more details, check the thread at http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-arm/2011-11/msg00048.html and the blog post at http://www.wafaa.eu/entry/opensuse-arm-update-25nov2011-1-75.html
  openSUSE quick news
posted by czp on 28th October 2011

Some quick updates about the porting effort:

- almost 3000 packages compile now in openSUSE:Factory:ARM

- EFIKA MX smarttops are used to compile packages natively, which don't compile using the openSUSE Build Service's hybrid cross compilation method

- EFIKA MX smartbooks are now at Embedded Linux Conference in Prague running the current state of openSUSE ARM (no KDE or Gnome yet...).
  openSUSE support
posted by czp on 7th October 2011

There was a long silence, but the openSUSE ARM porting effort is restarted now, and advancing at a much larger speed than last time. The fresh start was announced right after the openSUSE conference and initial work was done during the SuSE hack week, when SuSE employees are free to work on the opensource project of their choice. It is going full speed ahead ever since by enhancing the build infrastructure and fixing packages to build on ARM.

It is bootstrapped now, and many packages are already fixed and compiled. The next goal is to have a complete base system available.

For the latest status report, please visit http://news.opensuse.org/2011/10/04/hackweek-results-for-opensuse-arm/
  openSUSE 11.2
posted by czp on 12th February 2010

openSUSE 11.2 is now being ported to ARM. The base compile system is finally ready (there were some troubles due to incompatible Build Service changes), just as the third of the rest of the packages. Right now I'm reviewing failed packages, as these block the building of many others. My first fix was just accepted, and suddenly the compile farm started to work on many new 11.2 ARM packages again :-)
  and without a chroot
posted by czp on 19th August 2009

This time I was able to boot the system without a chroot. It is still just the base system, but with some tricks, it is also possible to boot it directly, without the need of the chroot.

The next step is to install a lot more packages, including YaST and most major desktops and applications.
  openSUSE ARM in chroot
posted by czp on 24th July 2009

Today another important milestone: openSUSE ARM binaries run in chroot. This is the base system, just enough for bootstrapping and compiling packages. It can't even boot on its own, as some packages are missing, like udev & Co.

The chroot environment is actually a byproduct of osc, the command line client for the openSUSE Build Service. It is also able to do local builds, and for that it creates a chroot environment.

And a mandatory copy&paste:

root@ubuntu:~# chroot suse
suse:/> gcc -v
Using built-in specs.
Target: armv7l-suse-linux-gnueabi
Configured with: ../configure --prefix=/usr --infodir=/usr/share/info --mandir=/usr/share/man --libdir=/usr/lib --libexecdir=/usr/lib --enable-languages=c,c++,objc,fortran,obj-c++ --enable-checking=release --with-gxx-include-dir=/usr/include/c++/4.4 --enable-ssp --disable-libssp --with-bugurl=http://bugs.opensuse.org/ --with-pkgversion='SUSE Linux' --disable-libgcj --disable-libmudflap --with-slibdir=/lib --with-system-zlib --enable-__cxa_atexit --enable-libstdcxx-allocator=new --disable-libstdcxx-pch --enable-version-specific-runtime-libs --program-suffix=-4.4 --enable-linux-futex --without-system-libunwind --build=armv7l-suse-linux-gnueabi
Thread model: posix
gcc version 4.4.0 [gcc-4_4-branch revision 147703] (SUSE Linux)
  openSUSE support
posted by czp on 24th June 2009

I got my board a while ago, and it did not rest much ever since. Even when I did not have time for testing, it was in use, as it has fantastic audio quality :-)

As the openSUSE ARM port is not there yet, that one could install it, I spent my time getting better known with the hardware, firmware and software available.

The board came pre installed with Ubuntu, so I first experimented with that.

Then I tried Debian. I had some troubles configuring Xorg, and other minor glitches, but for the rest it was a pleasant experience, and felt slightly faster and more responsive on the same hardware than Ubuntu.

I tested the Fedore ARM port, but gave up after half a day not being able to go ahead with it.

The Movial demo was really impressive on the board, HD movie playback, and other features of the board demoed. Of course, this is not a Linux designed for hacking, but rather a nice interface for a PMP, so I quickly switched back to Debian.

Today I reached an important milestone: the first self compiled kernel is running. As a first step, I added support for an USB Ethernet converter, as I prefer to use Ethernet instead of WiFi. This is also an important step towards openSUSE support, as to install and boot openSUSE on the board, I need a custom configured kernel to the distributions need.
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