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  • the ability to create a rootfs image to install on the ipaq.
  • environment for cross-compiling on a host computer
  • Using a Gentoo embedded stage, create a howto a basic rootfs that boots to terminal.
  • This would be very basic - just a kernel, baselayout, and busybox.

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The first should not be too hard; but making it easy to do may be difficult. Much of the basics are already covered in the Gentoo Handbook and TinyGentoo; where as configuration specifics can be acquired from the OpenEmbedded/Familiar projects.

Also see Radek Podgorny's project


While I don't think creating an image that boots up into a terminal would be difficult, and Xorg compile may be difficult (I wonder if "modular X" would be better/easier).

Application stacks

Also, there are already gpe ebuilds in bugzilla (

More to come soon...

Getting Started

set up portage to build arm packages for use in the ipaq
Cross Compiling Guide
This may be exactly what we need
Backing up the ipaq

instructions here

compile ARM kernel with specific options (need to find out what is needed)
create a initram image using squashfs or cramfs based on a stage3 ARM tarball
needs to be stripped down
no buildutils, except portage points to the connected computer for binary packages
is it possible to do this dynamically? (may not be a useful feature)
need to keep any read/write files & directories outside of initram & squashfs/cramfs.
copy image using serial cable
install packages
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