You have a computer on which you want to run ProteanOS? Great!
ProteanOS configures and builds static (i.e. without modules) Linux-libre images for each target computer and use case to save space and memory. The result is a complete Linux-libre image that takes about 4 MiB or less, instead of an image and modules that all take over 100 MiB. This also means that you'll probably have to configure Linux-libre for your computer, unless you happen to have a computer that ProteanOS already supports (in which case, just go install ProteanOS!).
So read on to port ProteanOS to your computer!
Set Up a ProteanOS System
Get prokit, the ProteanOS Development Kit.
Connect a storage medium (e.g. a hard disk drive connected using a USB
adapter/dock or a USB flash drive). Run the following commands (replacing
/dev/sdb with the path to storage device and
i686-linux-glibc with the
architecture of the target system) to create a partition layout and file system
and install ProteanOS into it:
# prokit installer-pc -a i686-linux-glibc -p dev dev/trunk /dev/sdb
Install, Configure, and Build the
linux-libre Source Package
Choose a platform on which this new platform will be based. In this tutorial,
ao751h is used.
Install toolchain packages, the source package, and build dependencies:
# prokit opkg /dev/sdb1 install build-essential src-linux-libre \ > config-linux-libre-ao751h bc xz libncursesw.5-dev libtinfo-dev terminfo
Start a ProteanOS shell, change to the source package directory, and use opkbuild to unpack the upstream sources and install platform configuration files:
# prokit shell /dev/sdb1 # cd /usr/src/linux-libre_*/ # opkbuild -bcT nop -p ao751h
Hide the list of platform configuration files from opkbuild, so the modified configuration won't get overwritten:
# mv platconf platconf.no
Enter the upstream source tree and configure Linux-libre:
# cd tmp/src/ # make menuconfig
Return to the source package directory and build the package for a platform
# cd ../../ # opkbuild -bcdp dimension2400
Make the System Bootable
Install the newly built linux-image package:
# opkg install ../linux-image_*_i686-linux-glibc_dimension2400.opk
Set a hostname and enable initialization of services:
# printf 'proteanos\n' >/etc/hostname # printf 'enabled\n' >/etc/rc.policy
Exit the ProteanOS shell:
The storage medium can then be removed and connected to the target computer.
config-* Source Package
linux-libre configuration is tested to boot and support all the
relevant hardware and features, a configuration package should be made.
config-* package for the base platform you chose, either by
running, for example,
prokit opkg install src-config-ao751h or by cloning the
relevant Git repository, e.g.
Maintainer field in the
changelog file and add an initial revision entry. This also names
the package. For example:
config-dimension2400 (0.1) trunk * Initial release. -- "P. J. McDermott" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:23:20 -0400
Regenerate the metadata for the binary packages:
$ ./config clean $ ./config
linux-libre configuration file (
tmp/src/.config under the source
package directory) into
src/linux-libre/*/ in your new configuration source
Your configuration package can then be built, e.g.
prokit build -S . to build
the source package. Please notify the ProteanOS community of your porting work,
if you haven't already, and offer to upload and maintain the