I’m playing a little bit with python today
and as every average user I obviously know what “pip” is. After an user request on our support forum I have introduced pip because it’s a must if you are using this wonderful language.
Yesterday I have received an email with a possible error related to pip, after a quick test it seems it’s not a problem related to the package but it’s just a missing python package. Continue reading →

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Here’s a quick guide for containers installation.
If you have read what a moebius container is now you can see how to use it with a practical example.
Let’s suppose you’d like to have the full blown C/C++ toolchain, linux-headers, make and binutils to have a ready to go machine with everything you need to compile your favorite project. You may obviously want to install required packages with something like:

moebius #...and use the graphical frontend
# Or use the command line
moebius package install gcc cpp gcc-dev gcc-doc ...
# Or use the command line with the apt-utils
apt-get install gcc cpp gcc-dev gcc-doc ...

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Version 2.x introduces a new feature called Container, but what is a Container ?
A container is: a package, a virtual package, a makefile, an ebuild (gentoo) and … everything in between :)
When you want to use a linux distribution and you’d like to install a specific functionality (httpd server, programming language, samba, mediacenter, …) and your first concern will go to what kind of service you need to install. Then you need to try to understand what packages you need for that particular service. After a basic installation you’ll probably focus on default configuration files in order to change them and have a suitable service for your needs.
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Now ready !

After a short while and few positive feedbacks from you I’m proud to announce an important upgrade for Moebius: ARM HF Support is back again. In previous 1.x versions HF support was an easy addon because I derived my toolchain and initial build from a Debian base (Raspbian), now with new 2.x versions I have a full distro rebuilt from scratch.

I’m still using .deb files because dpkg is a strong package manager but I’m not based on Debian (nor Raspbian) anymore and this is a totally new distro based on package sources (and patches as well…). I have always thought that ArmHF should be just an easy compile flag to put somewhere. Unfortunately it’s not just an easy flag on complex packages (python, gcc, kernel-modules, …) so I dedicated some time to it. Now packages are still terminating with suffix: “*armel.deb” but are armhf compliant and the github repository fully is updated. Available github repository packages have been rebuilt with the new support and I’m adding previous files again, in a short while I’ll restore original situation.


How do I know if the distro/package/lib is armhf ready ?

If you use readelf command (gcc/binutils stuff) to get binary information from an elf you’ll see:
root@moebius:~# readelf -A /proc/self/exe |grep Tag_ABI_VFP_args
  Tag_ABI_VFP_args: VFP registers

moebius utility release 1.0.1,
As promised few days ago here’s a little change to the moebius utility, nothing fancy but just the prosecution of an opened task related to package management. It’s not so crucial so you may upgrade the package only if you want it but as you can see from the screenshot I have added few options in the moebius utility frontend (package management section).
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Version 2 of Moebius is finally downloadable.

I have uploaded the image yesterday on the sourceforge area (see download link here), it’s working and it’s a really minimal image as I promised months before. If you need a basic and running distro without frills maybe this could be your favorite one.
Here are some release notes:
Moebius SD Card

  • Minimum requirement is a 128Mb SD (or MicroSD) card, bigger is better but 128Mb is big enough. In these days I cannot find this kind of SD cards in any local store, I used the one you see in the image because I got it from an acient mobile phone. Moebius runs fine in it even if maybe you’d like to have more space for your own stuff
  • Raspberry Pi, whatever version. I tested it on: Model A, B (256/512Mb) and works fine. I don’t have A+ or B+ versions available so I’m really glad if you can send me some feedback on them. If you want to make me a donation I’ll surely test and make it working on them (mail me, or use the support area) Continue reading →

Moebius System Utility Screenshots available !
Moebius System InformationAfter some internal tests and a busy period at the end of the year I finally have some news for the Moebius management utility. With this upcoming version I have also decided to rewrite the management utility, it has to be easy to use and really fast. Previous one was just a bash script, it worked fine for a while but was a pain to manage. As every script around it becomes messy when you need to start coding seriously, when the number of line increases everything becomes hard to handle. I have rewritten this utility, three times, but this one seems to be the good one.Moebius Utility Main Menu Continue reading →


A little new feature for you
With the new Moebius release I’d like to introduce you to Packages and Containers.
Moebius wants to be a distribution focused on specific tasks for your own personal appliance (robotics, home automation, small nas, game machine, internet radio, python devel, …) instead of trying to be a full blown distro with an huge package repository like Raspbian. This distribution uses .deb packages and apt-tools even if it’s not Debian based, packages have the same behavior of every other distro kicking around, you’re allowed to use apt-get or equivalent tools for your own daily job (package porting is also welcomed ! :) ). But, due to project focus I promote the heavy use of virtual packages instead of specific version ones, so please use for example: Continue reading →

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Here it is !
githubAs promised I have finally completed all the steps required for publishing a public repository on github, public key is already there as well as few test packages. I have always thought that publishing a .deb repository should be a no brainer operation or something really easy but I must admit it’s not that quick. I’m publishing everything on a public github repo so https is not an option but a requirement, I have already dealt with public keys, package signing stuff and a little bit of automation scripts required for speeding up basic tasks. Now I have learned something new and I have a new repo as well.
I won’t never have an huge package selection like Raspbian and this is not my final goal, I need to do few basic things but I need to do these well, I have started publishing: bash, python (2 and 3), nano and some few small utils. NGINX, php, amule, mediatomb, samba, spotify will follow shortly.
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No news on the Moebius core today because I’m working on the repository.
As you may know this upcoming release is not based on Debian anymore because I have built it from scratch.  I was considering to create my own package structure as well but I realized it might be an huge task and I need to concentrate my time and effort on this distribution.
I’d like to adopt a ready made package structure with a strong package manager utility. This distro is not source based but binary based, I have seen many alternatives and I finally opted to use .deb pacakges. Again: I’m not a Debian based distro but I’m using dpkg and apt-get utilities with my own created .deb files, seems to be a viable and easy solution to get a strong and stable package manager, comments welcomed.
.rpm and other package structures are fine for me but I think a .deb file might have few advantages in this particular distro. Continue reading →

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