new to netwinder

Andrew E. Mileski andrewm at
Wed Jul 25 13:42:34 EDT 2007

D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> What is the best distro/version to run?  My machine came with
>   OfficeServer version 2.0 [Build 8]
>   kernel 2.2.14 - 20000612 on armv4l
>   NeTrom 2.1.16c
> I have to admit that currently this is a toy for me.  I may have no
> actual practical application.

You'll lose OfficeServer functionality, which basically boils down to
the proprietary VPN software it comes with (if I recall correctly),
and the web based operation.

I think Ralph has been compiling Fedora Core 6 (maybe 7?) on and off.
There may be an issue with 2.6 kernel and booting.

You'll need to hack the firmware to boot anything other than Linux.

I've not touched my ARM NetWinder in quite a long time.  Ralph would be
more up-to-date.  I'm sure he'll chime in shortly.

> The rescue partition works: I used it to overcome the fact that I
> didn't know the root password (it was not "vnc").  Interesting that
> this minimal system doesn't even have mv or chmod commands but it does
> have both vi and joe.

I find that surprising too, since those are both in coreutils and I'm
pretty certain it's in there.  Of course, I have no idea what evil was
done to my NetWinder distros to create an OfficeServer variant.

Andrew E. Mileski

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