Minimum Linux-installation for embedded project

Frank Schafer frank.schafer at
Thu Oct 4 02:15:51 PDT 2001

Stephan Henningsen wrote:

> Hi there,
> I am doing a school project om webenabling a piece energy
> measurement.
> Of course I am planning to use Linux for this =).  The
> system hosting Linux, the webserver and my software for data
> collection is an SBC based on an x86 with 16MB RAM and 16MB
> flash-ROM.  Therefore I need a Linux-installation as small
> as possible, preferably built from scratch.
> However, I have some trouble compiling gcc and glibc; so far
> my machine (host for building LFS) has crashed every single
> time compiling these two packages.  This was with a
> 2.4.0-kernel, and I have now installed 2.4.10 and intend to
> try again.
> I read on the LFS homepage that someone had built an LFS
> system with Apache at only 5 MB of size.  Can I download
> this anywhere, so I don't have to build it myself, in case
> my machine keeps failing these builds?
> I am also in a bit of a doubt when it comes to installing
> the LFS on my SBC.  It has Ethernet and floppy, so I guess I
> need to create some basic boot-disk first, that lets me use
> the netcard and download everything via, say, ftp?
> Any help would be .. helpful =)
> Thanks,
> --
> Stephan Henningsen  /
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Hi Stephan,

in Your place I'd try some Linux-mini distribution. There are a lot, and
You won't have the trouble of building all the stuff ( including kernel).

Give a try. I think that's the place where I met the
distros mentioned.

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