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The purpose of this page is to demonstrate that armel meets the architecture recertification criteria for lenny.

If some of these requirements are irrelevant or implausible for the port, please add a waiver request indicating why and how this isn't a problem for the arch in bold.


The architecture is publicly available without NDAs via:

  1. Balloonz (Balloonboard 3.0)

  2. ADS (Bitsyx, VGX, AGX, ...)

  3. Linksys (NSLU2)

  4. Arcom (Viper, ...)

  5. Nokia (n810, n800, 770)

  6. Intel (SS4000-E )

  7. Radisys (ENP-2611, ENP-2605, ...)

  8. PePLink (MANGA, MANGA Mini, ...)

  9. Castle (Iyonix)

  10. Loft (IXP42x)

  11. Glomation (GESBC-9312-sc, ...)

  12. Technologic Systems (TS-7200, TS-7250, TS-7260, ...)

  13. LogicPD (PXA270 Card Engine)

  14. Thecus (Yes Box N2100 etc)

  15. Freecom (FSG-3)

  16. Revogear (kurobox pro)

  17. Buffalo (linkstation live etc)

  18. Qnap (TS-109, TS-209, TS-409, ..)

  19. Openmoko (neo, freerunner)

  20. Digikey (beagleboard)

oh, and about 1000 others.

Developer machines

The following machines are available to developers:

  • agricola.debian.org: A Thecus N2100 (Intel XScale-80219 at 600MHz with 512MB RAM, 160GB HD)

  • tunnocks.toby-churchill.com: A machine (Balloon3: 500Mhz pxa270, 512MB RAM, 250GB HD), has been installed. Now externally accessible, but IP likely to change to a permanent one and DNS changes pending. Contact wookey@wookware.org for access until it is integrated with Debian LDAP. Thanx to Cambridge University Engineering Dept for the machine, Balloonz Ltd for the 250GB HD and Toby Churchill Ltd for hosting in their server room at the end of a leased line.

  • n2100.martinwguy.co.uk: A Thecus N2100 (Intel XScale-80219 at 600MHz with 512MB RAM, 160GB HD); accounts are available on request from martinwguy@yahoo.it or wookey@wookware.org. On the intranet, armel-sid is also running on:

    • Technologic Systems TS-7250 (Cirrus Logic EP9302 armv4t 200MHz 64MB RAM) - native
    • FIC GTA01 Neo 1973 Linux phone (ARM920T 266MHz 128MB RAM) - NFS chroot
    • Compaq iPAQ H1940 (ARM920T 266MHz 64MB RAM) - NFS chroot
    • Sharp Zaurus C860 "boxer" (Xscale 400MHz 64MB RAM) - NFS chroot
    • QEMU emulating ARM Versatile/CP board on 2GHz Athlon - nfsroot

Port maintainers

The Debian port is maintained by the following developers, who actively work on architecture specific issues:

  1. Riku Voipio
  2. Joey Hess
  3. Aurelien Jarno
  4. Wookey
  5. Colin Tuckley
  6. Michael Casadevall


The port is being actively used at the following sites:

  1. Stuart Anderson, C2 Systems, on Gumstix for customer projects.
  2. Tim Small, SEOSS Ltd, on Buffalo Linkstation Pros, for customer projects.

Popcon indicates 346 installations of the architecture as at 16 Feb 2009.

This port will eventually replace the arm port. Please see armLennyReleaseRecertification for potential users.


The installer is being maintained by Joey Hess and is currently working effectively.

Upstream support

Upstream support is provided by:

  • binutils: codesourcery (Paul Brook)
  • glibc: codesourcery (Paul Brook)
  • gcc: codesourcery (Paul Brook)
  • g++: codesourcery (Paul Brook)
  • kernel: Russell King and others,kyllikki, buytenh

  • boot loader: there are lots of these for different machines
    • blob - blob.sf.net
    • able - Simtec Ltd
    • bootldr - handhelds.org and Balloonz
    • uboot - http://www.denx.de/wiki/UBoot

    • redboot - Redhat Ltd
    • apex - (Marc Singer)

Archive coverage and Autobuilder support

At 20 Aug 2008,

Archive cleanliness

The port builds from unmodified Debian source.


The following machines run buildds for the port:

  • oldstable (oldstable-proposed-updates, oldstable-security)
    • This suite does not exist for armel.

  • stable (proposed-updates, stable-security)
    • This suite does not exist for armel.

  • testing (testing-proposed-updates, testing-security)
    • Arcadelt and Argento (pending #487577 fix)

  • unstable
    1. armel.kos.to - connectivity via ADSL, hosted by Riku Voipio,
    2. armel2.kos.to - connectivity via ADSL, hosted by Riku Voipio,
    3. muscat.islands.arm.com - Hosted at ARM Ltd by Colin Tuckley
    4. allegri.debian.org - Hosted at ugent by Luk Claes
    5. arcadelt.debian.org - Hosted at darmstadt Andreas Barth (?)
    6. argento.debian.org - Hosted by Bernd Zeimetz(?)

Buildd logs checked by Riku Voipio, contact armel at buildd.debian.org for any problems/requests


The security team have noted the following problems in supporting the architecture:

  • Slow Armel security buildd will slow down DSA releases on very large pacakges.
    • Proposed solution is to release DSA's and update them with armel builds later

The Debian admin team have noted the following problems in supporting the architecture:

  • None

The stable release team have noted the following problems in supporting the architecture:

  • None

The release team have noted the following problems in supporting the architecture:

  • None