[CentOS-devel] Using Centos as embedded linux.

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Fri Jan 11 23:09:44 UTC 2008

Vishak V. Kurup wrote:
> Thank you...Daneil and John...
> My device configuration is as follows.
> CPU  	: intel Celeron M 1.60 Ghz
> IDE(Primary Master) : Compact Flash (1 GB)
> IDE(Primary Master) : Compact Flash (256 GB)
> My confusion is that if it is  possible to customize the CentOS for my application.

It is. This is not your average embedded system:-)
I's also possible to install a a bigger CF, I have 4 Gbytes in my camera 
(and wonder whether I really should have gone for eight).

I use CentOS & Scientific Linux, but for this _I_ might go for Debian or 
maybe Ubuntu Long Life. Depends on whether a GUI matters (GUI takes much 
disk and RAM), and what the particular application is.

> Regards
> Vishak V Kurup
> -----Original Message-----
> From: centos-devel-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-devel-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of John Summerfield
> Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 6:22 PM
> To: The CentOS developers mailing list.
> Subject: Re: [CentOS-devel] Using Centos as embedded linux.
> Daniel de Kok wrote:
>> On 1/10/08, Vishak V. Kurup <vishak.kurup at nestgroup.net> wrote:
>>> I am newbie to Centos. I would like to know if it is possible to use centos on embedded devices.
>>> Has any one done any thing similar? Please do reply with any comments �
>> That completely depends on the application. Currently a minimal system
>> is fairly large (~400-~500MB IIRC). This may be OK for some embedded
>> devices, and one or two orders of magnitude too large for other
>> embedded devices.
> I didn't think it was that small, unless you're talking about the amount 
> of RAM needed to run recent anacondas:-)
>> If you need something much smaller (or a non-supported platform like
>> ARM), I'd suggest looking at Busybox or a BSD operating system.
> Debian is very popular on ARM; I think I read it has more Linux system 
> on ARM than on IA32!.
> The linksys wireless router, wrt54g runs Linux and there are alternative 
>   firmwares for it. Look for openwrt for info on that.
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