I've been hoping this would happen for a long time... If I understand correctly micro-evtd (the ARM-ish counterpart) is also in Debian now.
Hi, davy_gravy. It's been quite a long time since I last posted anything here (many things have been keeping me busy). Anyway, now that lenny has been released, I will get back to make some updated packages (including the avr-evtd package that I have uploaded to Debian).
Perhaps I can even package the micro-evtd thingy, but I don't have the hardware to test, but if both avr- and micro-evtd share a good amount of code, perhaps that could be merged?
Well, at least, the repository is @sf.net.
Anyway, now, my intention is to proceed with something like what Martin Michlmayr did with the Kuro Pro, merging the installation into the Debian installer. The only thing now is to decide how to getting the bootstrap process without being painful (well, I went through a very tortuous path when I was installing and I want to summarize that).
BTW, do you happen to know if the stock uBoot supports the Kuroboxes/Linkstations without the need of any patches?
Since I have my kuro working with a pure installation of Debian (that was my first plan, when I "arrived" here), to complete my task, the only things that aren't provided by a distribution are:
Of course, since I am running Debian's sid (and even one or another package from experimental), I would like to have the rest consisting only of Free Software and compiled recently.
Unfortunately, it seems that kurobox.com has closed its doors (well, at least, I can't access it for some weeks now) and it carried a patch that LNI used to patch an older uBoot (I was thinking of recompiling both uBoot, the EM-mode kernel + early userspace so that I could drop some of the functionality that I don't need and include other things that I do need).
Anyway, I updated the patch that LNI used for the 126.96.36.199 kernel so that it applies cleanly to 2.4.37 (a bit of manual work). Of course, it would be much better to use a newer kernel (say, with ext4/btrfs or with some features of ext3 that may make the filesystem unmountable with kernels that are not recent enough).
I don't know if foonas-em already provides everything that I need (and, if it does, it would be a nice thing to have all-things firmware included in the distribution).
Well, so I am close to completing the task of having a pure Free Software-based Kurobox (with quite decent uptimes and running all sorts of servers). The step after getting everything free will be to compile things with a smaller libc (say, uclibc or dietlibc or any other alternative that can free some precious space on RAM).
So, that's how things have progressed. I think that I will make more of what I am doing available for others at my newer site (http://rb.doesntexist.org/
Regards, Rogério Brito.