[ARMedslack] Which devices use ARM?

Stuart Winter m-lists at biscuit.org.uk
Thu Jun 17 10:46:15 UTC 2010

The baby started crying and I forgot to finish this reply.

> The supported consumer hardware is here:
>  http://www.armedslack.org/doku.php?id=supported_platforms
> The easiest way to use it is to buy a Marvell SheevaPlug.
> The reason someone might buy an ARM device is varies - but many people
> like them because of their low power consumption.  In particular the "plug
> computer" devices from Marvell have a very small physical footprint.

To answer the question specifically about where you could use armedslack.

Slackware is a multi purpose OS - intended for servers and workstations.
ARMedslack has come from and continues to be aimed at desktop/workstation
ARM computers with
  local storage;
  a fast CPU (600MHz is the minimum I would want for ARMedslack);
  a good amount of RAM (256MB is the minimum, but 128 works too);
  keyboard and mouse

My feeling is that ARMedslack is 99% identical to Slackware x86 once installed.
Therefore, to continue your x86 experience of Slackware on the ARM
platform, the intended hardware would have similar characteristics to
a PC.

In the case of the SheevaPlugs, they have 512MB RAM and ethernet, and can
have a USB or eSATA disc attached and have a 1.2GHz CPU.  So for a
headless server they are ideal.
The OpenRD client is basically a PC with an ARM CPU:

However, there's nothing stopping developers from using ARMedslack as a
base: stripping it down, making a custom kernel, adding some additional
software and putting it on an "embedded" device such as a mobile phone;
and that is the beauty of open source :-)

Stuart Winter
Slackware ARM: www.armedslack.org

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