Topics in developing software, firmware, hardware or web projects

Fast builds of armel software on Linux x64

The fastest and most practical way to build software for armel is to cross-compile on an x86_64 machine even for a Linux 2.6-series kernel

Building for armel on Linux x64 using Docker

The cross-compilation toolchains builtin to most modern Linux distributions do not support older versions of GCC. This article describes setting up a virtual ARM environment for doing armel (ARMv5) compilation using docker containers

(Almost) modern Debian for a Craig CLP281

Around 2011 Android devices based on the WonderMedia 8xxx-series SoC (ARM v5) were being sold as netbooks. This article describes how to get Devuan Jessie running from SD card on one such: a Craig CLP281 Netbook.

VSCode Multipass instance creation

Daniel uses Multipass rather than VSCode devcontainers, since he has some Windows machines with no Hyper-V so can’t run Docker Desktop, which devcontainers on Windows require.

Two-repo Netlify technique for module CI

Having a demo/test site embedded in a Hugo module causes large bandwidth consumption during its normal use as a module. We split the site and module into separate git repos, but keep a deploy as part of the CI process.

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Topics related to developing Alpine Linux or for Alpine Linux

Modifying install images

Modifying packages that are part of the install diskless boot (e.g. on install media), or the parameters that can be accepted by the boot process, is a little more involved than modifying individual packages, especially for netboot images.