Building a Yocto-based Knoppix for the Raspberry Pi

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© Lead Image © Jan Treger,

© Lead Image © Jan Treger,

Article from Issue 200/2017

The professor sets the stage for Knoppix on an SD card that runs on the Raspberry Pi.

Knoppix on a Raspberry Pi is an ongoing idea I started several years ago. The Raspberry Pi is a relatively cheap, yet widely available single-board computer, which is also used in embedded and mobile projects. Although many distributions are available for the Pi, creating a new one with some Knoppix technology could be a perfect base for projects.

Because of the Knoppix default hardware setting to boot from the internal SD card reader, the boot procedure already has many similarities with existing distributions. However, Raspbian (the Debian derivate) for Raspberry Pi increased complexity and became a "too many parts to tune" problem. Also, I'm not happy with Debian's move from SysVinit to systemd in Raspbian, which has caused some stuck-at-boot problems in Raspbian-based projects for me.

Therefore, I decided to give the "build-from-scratch" approach a try (Table 1) instead of basing Knoppix on Debian, as in previous versions.


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