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)
  • Output console messages are redirected to standard video out, HDMI or Composite video. You won’t see output on serial console because if you use it for something else it could be noisy to see dmesg output, but if you prefer serial there’s a boot parameter to use for it. Output is not so polished or fancy like in other distributions, this is a little bit slack but it’s fine for me to see what the board does
  • This OS will start nicely in 20Mb of RAM (with ssh service running), you’ll be happy to use the remaining part for your favorite apps, I’m planning to use it for my own robots so free ram space is useful for speech recognition or other cool stuff (opencv)
  • Moebius has its own repository, it’s small in this moment but it’s between 5000-6000 packages, and it’s growing. I’m now focusing on “base tools” that are common for every developer: GCC, Python, binutils, C++ and few more. There’s no web servers or other languages but please just wait for a while and you’ll see them, if you prefer to have some packages before others just let me know, I’m adding packages based upon requests.
  • I’m planning to complete the full python3 package support, later on I’ll add php, nginx, camera stuff (mjpeg-streamer, photo boot, …) and OpenCV.
  • There’s a complete CHANGELOG in the download area, take a look at it for more details

I’m looking forward to hear your feedback, it’s very important for me to understand how this distro works and where it should be improved.
In the next days I’ll surely rewrite parts of the documentation area, as usual write me your comments if there’re missing parts or if there’s something that is still unclear. Grammar is really important but I’m not a native english speaker so please don’t be upset for errors, just mail me and I’ll surely correct errors where needed.

Glad to read your comments on it

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10 responses to Version 2 Released

  1. Frans on 2015/01/15 at 8:20 pm

    Seems to work much better than the 1.1 version on my Raspberry B+
    The old version did not activate Ethernet or USB Keyboard…
    When trying to install Advancemame however, I get the message that the system is Armel and the package is Armhf.
    Did you change Moebius from Armhf in the previous version to Armel in this version?
    If so can you make an Armhf version available?

    • ben on 2015/01/16 at 1:02 am

      Seems cool and I’m glad it finally works on the B+ model as well.
      I have temporarily switched to armel in order to get some stuff working, as you have already seen I have totally rebuilt the toolchain and the image from the ground up, I’m not linked to debian anymore and the only binaries are supplied from the Foundation and are related to the broadcom device. I’m now dealing with some headaches related to the cross compiler but the next step will be to restore the armhf architecture in order to get the hw floating point unit, mame but even FFT software will benefit a lot from it. Give me a while and you’ll see armhf support back again. I don’t have tested advance mame yet but in the repository there’re gcc, binutils and everything you need for it. If you’re interested I’ll try to dedicate some time on it, maybe building a container for you or the community to get it working in a breeze.

    • ben on 2015/01/30 at 9:21 am

      You name it ? you got it 🙂
      Hardfloat support is now available with v2.0.1, I have spent some compile time on it and I have had few issues with armhf flags on patches. Now it’s fine and it’s downloadable, let me know how it goes. Still here for fixes if needed


  2. webanck on 2015/02/19 at 8:54 am

    Hi, I just installed your new super lightweight version 🙂
    I encounter some problems regarding services management.
    Is there something similar to what’s offered by service ?

    • ben on 2015/02/23 at 4:42 pm

      There’s no service utility here, it’s a really bare distro right now.
      you can use /etc/init.d/[] [start|stop|restart|…] commands directly in order to handle them.
      Default runlevel is N.3, services are handled like a classic distro does.

  3. joep on 2015/02/23 at 4:01 pm


    thanks for the nice distro!

    i wanted to add a cronjob.. no cron!?
    also not in the repo..
    is this solvable?

    kind regards, joep

    • ben on 2015/02/23 at 4:44 pm

      Damn ! You are right !
      Just a couple of days and I’ll insert vixie/crond or whatever it takes to have cron up and running.

    • ben on 2015/03/05 at 9:44 pm

      Here’s cron is in the repository, just update it and you’ll get the light and fast cronie package

  4. tehtrb on 2015/03/28 at 4:20 am

    Thanks for your great work, it’s really valuable to have a minimal install without having to resort to Arch.
    Can you tell me if DRBD is available ?
    Cheers, tehtrb

    • ben on 2015/04/04 at 9:43 am

      No, not yet.
      But I’ll put it on the wish list if you need it. You can also add whatever package your may need.