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How To Port Linux To Your ARM Hardware Device

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Published on 23 October 2012 12:46 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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One of few very technical and worthwhile sessions during the openSUSE Conference at this weekend's LinuxDays event was about porting Linux to new ARM-based hardware devices.

Alexander Graf of SUSE talked about porting Linux -- well, the openSUSE distribution in particular -- to new ARM devices. This was intended as an openSUSE ARM workshop with spending most of the afternoon then the developers in attendance tried porting openSUSE to different ARM devices with different SoCs -- to varying levels of success.

If you are curious about the hurdles that currently must be jumped to bring a Linux distribution to new ARM devices -- most devices which have no or little technical documentation -- Alexander Graf uploaded his 82 slides that go over the process at some high-level.

Graf's information on the openSUSE ARM porting process from handling the U-Boot boot-loader to getting a working ARM Linux kernel can be found on the opensuse-arm mailing list.

At the openSUSE Conference in Prague was also another talk about openSUSE on ARM.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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