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Re: Help installing on Cubox-i/Arm Boards

From: Vagrant Cascadian
Subject: Re: Help installing on Cubox-i/Arm Boards
Date: Thu, 05 May 2022 08:26:40 -0700

On 2022-05-04, ryan wrote:
> I would like to build a disk image for a Cubox-i variant that I have,
> it currently has nothing on it.

Which variant? You'll really want one of the 4GB ram variants... it will
be slow regardless; there are very few substitutes available for armhf
at the moment, so you'll have to build almost everything yourself.

Even with offloading builds to a faster machine, it's likely going to be
a bit slow for some things (you still have to compute what you're asking
the other machine to build for you).

> If setup guix on my x86_64
> device/laptop using the guided installer, can I build it from there
> easily using the instructions here?:

Not sure the installer is supported for armhf yet...

> I also see there is a binary tarball, but not sure what to do with it?

You could use the binary tarball to install guix on another OS as a
"foreign distro" installation, and then proceed to use "guix system init
YOURCONFIG.scm" to install Guix System.

> or am I jumping ahead? I see that uboot in guix is available for the
> cubox-i, but I am not sure where I need to start?

I did some basic testing when I added it some years ago, but haven't
maintained any cubox-i family systems with guix...

> Any help with getting guix setup on the armvh device would be most
> useful and appreciated.

It will definitely be a project; if you're primarily interested in
learning about armhf and are already familiar with guix and want to
learn more about the gritty details... it might be a good project.

If you just want something that will work easily... it will likely be
pretty frustrating.

Good luck!

live well,

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