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#1 2012-07-09 15:59:36

LunaVorax
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ArchLinux i586 reborn?

Hello,

I'm looking for a i586 GNU/Linux distribution.
I though about using ConnochaetOS since it's an Arch fork, but it has a series of flaws that I don't like.

I would like to know if any people though about reviving the i586 port of ArchLinux and what would it take to build/host the packages again.

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#2 2012-07-09 17:49:48

karol
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

Out of curiosity, what kind of hardware are you targeting?

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#3 2012-07-09 18:56:25

LunaVorax
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

karol wrote:

Out of curiosity, what kind of hardware are you targeting?

I knew someone couldn't help but ask about the CPU I'm using. wink

The CPU is a GXM - 266B 2.9V 85C. More precisely, I'll be using a Palmax PD-1100.
It's a neat little machine. Last time I used GNU/Linux on it, it said it was a i586 processor.
Not to mention that I'll be using onlt CLI software. X can run on this thing but it'll be useless.

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#4 2012-07-27 22:37:58

nomorewindows
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

Here's a guy using Gentoo: http://markus.wernig.net/en/it/palmax.phtml
It's not Arch, but according to Gentoo users, close behind.


I may have to CONSOLE you about your usage of ridiculously easy graphical interfaces...
Look ma, no mouse.

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#5 2012-07-27 22:42:43

karol
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

Yeah, that page came up when I googled the hardware.
Updating Arch takes much less time - definitely not days ;P Running Gentoo on this slow computer might be a penance of sorts but it's as exciting as watching paint dry.

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#6 2012-07-27 22:55:42

nomorewindows
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

I know with a least having a more powerful Arch machine around, the ConnochaetOS install can go much quicker.  Using pacman with the --arch=i586 and connochaetOS repositories can later be copied over, using a LiveCD to the older machine.  I even saw an entry where this equipment was fine with OpenBSD.  Chakra might be the other one.

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#7 2012-07-28 00:10:40

Allan
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

nomorewindows wrote:

Chakra might be the other one.

Chakra is i686/x86_64

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#8 2012-07-28 01:49:11

nomorewindows
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

Figured it was, wikipedia said it was IA32, so maybe we need to make it i686 so there's no question.


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#9 2012-08-06 16:47:04

nomorewindows
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Re: ArchLinux i586 reborn?

I stumbled onto a recommendation of gnu.org's: parabolalinux at parabolagnulinux.org.  It has i586/i686/x86_64/mips64el architectures.
It even uses some of connochaetos repositories.  Yes, parabolalinux is a libre.

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