I have experimented with the programming language Rust on an ARM computer. For me, Rust would be the perfect language and Redox OS the perfect OS. ARM based processors are very interesting for the internet of things (IoT), but have also much potential for most desktop applications, not to speak of smartphones.
I mostly experiment with Odroix XU4 with all files on a SSD; an inexpensive (less than 150 Euro) but very comfortable and snappy environment.
I start with Meveric's minimal Debian Jessie OS. Follow the instructions there to copy it to an SD card and install. After
apt-get update ; apt-get dist-upgrade
copy all the files to a labeled partition of 4-15 GB on the SSD. (For example mount the SSD partition to
/mnt and use
`rsync -aAXv --exclude="/dev/*" --exclude="/proc/*" --exclude="/sys/*" --exclude="/tmp/*" --exclude="/run/*" --exclude="/mnt/*" --exclude="/media/*" --exclude="/lost+found" --exclude="/stFolder/*" /* /mnt `
Then edit in
setenv line to include your partition label here
setenv bootrootfs "console=tty1 console=ttySAC2,115200n8 root=LABEL=brienz rootwait ro fsck.repair=yes"
Reboot should start a snappy bare system, to which you add (following againg a desktop with
tasksel (for me
XFCE4 works best) and add the recommended files. This procedure gives a nice and usable platform for experiments (and would be good enough for daily use). With
gparted you can copy the partition and are ready to start each experiment with the same initial configuration (again, use labels to select the
root because all partitions have the same UUID).
To prepare I added at the end of
export RUSTUP_USE_HYPER=1 export PATH="$HOME/.cargo/bin:$PATH and installed
sudo apt-get install curl linux-compiler-gcc-4.8-arm llvm clang-3.8
Then I followed the instructions, which means using
curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh Takes less than 5 minutes for download. To test:
``` rustc --version rustc 1.17.0 (56124baa9 2017-04-24)
cargo --version cargo 0.18.0 (fe7b0cdcf 2017-04-24)
``` Continue with the hello-world example from the Rust documentation.
My next plan is: Installing Servo - the browser.
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