The Evil One
Joined: Feb. 2005
||Posted: Feb. 12 2005,00:58
Interesting to find this thread, six months ago I couldn't find much bar one page about getting linux to run on the n2200 netvistas.
I've only skimmed the topic, and I know I'm repeating things that have been said, but here we go anyway:
* You can boot directly from the CF card by selecting the appropriate options from the BIOS. I can check the options when I return home.
* The BIOS in the netvista will only load an UNCOMPRESSED kernel image from the compact flash. This means that you will need to compile your own kernel for use on the device. You will want to do this for a number of reasons anyway (optimise the kernel, include specific support for devices in the kernel).
The main problem I've had is fitting a linux install onto the Compact Flash itself. I'm currently using the stock 96mb one that came with the device, which makes getting an install of linux on it terribly tricky (bar doing a LFS install). For my use as a portable mp3 player for my car, running something like DSL isnt suitable.
At the moment, I'm trying to build a cut-down debian-based distribution for the n2200, which will fit onto the stock 96mb cards, but I may end up just getting a bigger card. Down the track it will have several install targets (console mp3/ogg player, desktop, etc).
I would be interested in the meantime getting my hands on a copy of the n2200 linux that was mentioned in this thread.
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