Small Linux platforms

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Sat Jul 16 2005 - 13:37:59 CDT

> Cameron L. Spitzer wrote:

>> if I had to pick a platform for The Product I might start with
>> Strongbox or Smoothwall or something simple and security oriented like
>> that.

It is not all that hard to build a very tiny, very focused Linux system
that contains only the stuff needed to get the machine up and to do its
job.

I've been working on a project and my entire linux system - from
bootloader to networking - is on the order of 25 megabytes, and that
includes a running Python environment. (I boot from a compact-flash card
that came with a digital camera but was really too small for photographic
work.)

I'm running a 2.6.11 kernel. Much of the non-kernel software comes via
the busybox and buildroot projects - http://www.busybox.net/about.html and
http://buildroot.uclibc.org/

(My hardware platform is the three-ethernet wisp-router board - it draws
something on the order of 3 to 5 watts, i.e. it could run all day off of a
battery. I don't need video output, and it doesn't have any, so its
probably not an adequate platform for a voting system.)

http://www.wisp-router.com/product_info.php?cPath=39&products_id=269&osCsid=2dbb898284cf7fbdfec87775e3f62e97

                 --karl--

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