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icedaddy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: Gentoo v's OpenWRT on RPi Reply with quote

Hi

I want to setup my Raspberry Pi as a mail/web (LAMP) server and I am considering either Gentoo or OpenWRT to run it all. Bearing in mind I have limited Linux experience to date, I would be interested in some opinions as to the better choice for me and why.

Also, does Gentoo on the RPi support all features (hard float, GPIO's, etc.)?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gentoo will work fine and it was actually the first distro to support hardfloat on the Pi. You can use the GPIO pins via dev-libs/bcm2835.
However, compiling things on the Pi is very slow, especially if you do it on the SD card. Read the embedded handbook for ideas to speed up software installation with a fast build host.

OpenWrt will be fine too, but they do their own kernel thing and whether the standard tools/libraries will work with that is something you might find out only after installing it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

icedaddy,

Welcome to Gentoo.

Gentoo on Pi works fine. It will be a wonderful learning experience for you too.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guy's for the comments and the welcome. I think I'll give Gentoo a try - it certainly will be a learning experience.
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