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MX-Linux or antiX on Pinebook Pro?

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MX-Linux or antiX on Pinebook Pro?

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Post by Uridalum » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:22 am

Does anyone know of any activity, between either (any) of the parties--Pine, MX-Linux, antiX--to get antiX or MX-Linux ported to the Pinebook Pro?
Both are full-featured, lightweight distributions, and both get outstanding reviews by users and tech writers.
MX-Linux has been #1 on Distrowatch for over one year, at one point having a ranking of over 6000, and has one of the highest Reader Rating of any distribution listed on Distrowatch. MX-Linux download size is ≈ 1400 MB, and antiX is ≈ 900 MB (for the largest version).
My personal opinion is that both of these would be an outstanding 'fit' for the PBP, based on their small size and full functionality.

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Post by Buck Fankers » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:25 am

AFAIK, due of lack of resources and knowledge in arm environment, nothing at the moment.

Agree, it would be a great fit

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Post by Jerry3904 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:36 am

Actually we have taken a first look at that possibility. No time to pursue it until MX-19 is out, but then will look again.
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Re: MX-Linux or antiX on Pinebook Pro?

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Post by chrispop99 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:51 am

Welcome Uridalum.

I've been tracking Pinebook Pro for a while, and it is not generally available yet. When it is, I intend to get one just to play around with it. If the developers here manage to make an ARM version of MX, I will definitely give it a try, but I understand the work involved is far from trivial.

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Re: MX-Linux or antiX on Pinebook Pro?

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Post by Buck Fankers » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:02 am

Jerry3904 wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:36 am
Actually we have taken a first look at that possibility. No time to pursue it until MX-19 is out, but then will look again.
Oooo, wau! I happily stand corrected. :happy:
If this ever happens, that antiX or MX would work on Pinebook Pro, I would get one just for that reason.

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Re: MX-Linux or antiX on Pinebook Pro?

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Post by Stevo » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:04 pm

We've figured out how to cross-compile both armhf (Raspberry Pi) and arm64 (Pinebook) architecture packages on a 64-bit MX Linux install, so that barrier is crossed. If we do create a Pinebook spin, they may have to settle for Debian's firefox-esr, since I can't find any arm64 builds directly from Mozilla to repackage, and Firefox won't build on our pbuilder cross-compilation system, AFAIK.

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