[maemo-community] [GSoC 09] - Integrating Maemo in Open Embedded

From: Simon Pickering S.G.Pickering at bath.ac.uk
Date: Fri Apr 24 19:39:01 EEST 2009
> This means the compromises inherent in using .ipkg vs .deb hurt more  
>  than they help... hence Mer's Ubunutu/OBS decision.

OE can equally build .deb's rather than .ipk's

I used the Maemo target a while back to build a few things (mainly  
Octave and deps) and it was nice and painless, except for the fact  
that some of the main dependencies had slightly different names (which  
can confuse dpkg on the device when you try to install packages after  
these ones).

> I think the OE target is the tighter space of true embedded  
> environments - think
> Qtopia and memory/storage measured in 10s/100s MB.

OE is just meta-data, it can target whatever you want. I agree that  
thus far it as tended to target low memory devices (mainly as that's  
all that has been around thus far).

> Mer, maemo (and hildon) are more aimed at devices (like the internet tablets)
> which have no problems running 'real' OSes but which benefit hugely  
> from close
> power management and UI enhancements. Here we use Xorg (and even OpenGL) and
> measure RAM/storage in 100sMB/GBs.

I see no reason why OE + bitbake couldn't be used to build such  
images, except that work has already been done on the Debian build  
environment and that afair the support for building for and from  
Debian style files is still in its infancy.

I'm fully behind this project, I did a lot of work on and with the  
Zaurus and thoroughly enjoyed using OE + bitbake.



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