Emdebian Grip

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Emdebian Grip
Developer Embedded Debian Project
OS family Unix-like
Working state No longer supported
Source model Open source
Initial release February 14, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-02-14)[1]
Latest release 3.1[2] / June 15, 2013; 17 months ago (2013-06-15)
Update method APT
Package manager dpkg
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux kernel)
License Free software (GPL and other licenses)
Official website www.emdebian.org

Emdebian Grip is a small-footprint Linux distribution based on and compatible with Debian. When compared to Debian, it provides a more fine-grained control over the package selection, size, dependencies and content, in order to enable creation of small and efficient Debian packages for use on resource-limited embedded systems. Reduced installation size is one of the main benefits coming from the Emdebian Grip.[3][4]

As of July 13, 2014, Emdebian Grip project is terminated with no available updates or planned new releases, leaving the version 3.1 (based on Debian 7.1 wheezy) as the no longer supported latest stable release.[5][6]

Overview[edit]

Emdebian Grip maintains as much compatibility as possible with Debian. Essentially, Emdebian Grip re-packs the .deb archives from Debian while removing unneeded files, such as man pages, info documents, documentation and unwanted translation files. In other words, Emdebian Grip is a Debian distribution builder; the emgrip command (from the emdebian-grip package) processes a .deb package from any of the supported Debian architectures, and generates an equivalent Emdebian Grip package. That way, the binaries, maintainer scripts and dependencies of the original Debian packages are left untouched, but the overall size and the installation footprint of the packages are reduced.[7]

As the Emdebian Grip packages are not recompiled, they are completely binary compatible with Debian, so it is even possible to mix Emdebian and Debian packages, or even to migrate an existing Debian system to Emdebian Grip.[4][7]

Releases[edit]

Emdebian Grip releases
Version Release date Base Debian version
Old version, no longer supported: 1.0 (lenny) February 14, 2009[1] 5.0 (lenny)
Old version, no longer supported: 1.0.1 (lenny) September 6, 2010[8] 5.0.6 (lenny)
Old version, no longer supported: 1.0.2 (lenny) December 5, 2010[9] 5.0.7 (lenny)
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0 (squeeze) February 5, 2011[10] 6.0 (squeeze)
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0.2 (squeeze) September 29, 2011[11] 6.0.2 (squeeze)
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0.3 (squeeze) October 8, 2011[12] 6.0.3 (squeeze)
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0.4 (squeeze) January 29, 2012[13] 6.0.4 (squeeze)
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0.5 (squeeze) May 12, 2012[14] 6.0.5 (squeeze)
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0.6 (squeeze) September 29, 2012[15] 6.0.6 (squeeze)
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0.7 (squeeze) February 24, 2013[16] 6.0.7 (squeeze)
Old version, no longer supported: 3.0 (wheezy-grip) May 4, 2013[17] 7.0 (wheezy)
Old version, no longer supported: 3.1 (wheezy-grip) June 15, 2013[2] 7.1 (wheezy)
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Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

Emdebian Grip provides complete repositories of packages for seven architectures: i386, amd64, powerpc, armhf, armel, mips and mipsel. Included is support for standard Debian tools like debootstrap, multistrap and debian-installer; there are no functional changes when compared to base Debian releases.[1][10][17]

Since version 3.0, all Emdebian Grip suites and codenames are carrying the "-grip" suffix when compared to the equivalent Debian suites and codenames.[17]

On July 13, 2014, an end-of-life notice posted on the project's web site[a] announced that updates to Emdebian Grip are stopped, leaving the version 3.1, which is based on Debian 7.1 (wheezy), as the no longer supported latest stable release. The main reasons stated as the cause for ending the project were a lack of devices that do not provide support for expandable storage, and too much work involved with preparing the updates and releasing new versions.[5][6]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "As of July 2014, updates to the Emdebian distributions ceased. There will be no further updates and no further stable releases."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Emdebian Grip 1.0 (lenny) released". emdebian.org. February 14, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Emdebian Wheezy-Grip updated to 3.1". emdebian.org. June 15, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Emdebian Grip packages: A smaller Debian-compatible distro". emdebian.org. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Michael Larabel (July 14, 2012). "Emdebian Grip: The Smaller, Embedded Debian". Phoronix. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Emdebian Grip halted". emdebian.org. July 13, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Neil Williams (July 13, 2014). "End of updates for Emdebian Grip". lists.debian.org. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Koen Vervloesem (April 8, 2009). "Emdebian Grip 1.0: The universal embedded operating system". LWN.net. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Emdebian Grip 1.0 updated". emdebian.org. September 6, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Emdebian Grip 1.0 updated (1.0.2)". emdebian.org. December 5, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Emdebian GNU/Linux Grip 2.0 (based on Debian 6.0 "squeeze") released". emdebian.org. February 5, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Emdebian Grip Squeeze updated to 6.0.2". emdebian.org. September 29, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Emdebian Grip Squeeze updated to 6.0.3". emdebian.org. October 8, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Emdebian Grip Squeeze updated to 6.0.4". emdebian.org. January 29, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Emdebian Grip Squeeze updated to 6.0.5". emdebian.org. May 12, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Emdebian Grip Squeeze updated to 6.0.6". emdebian.org. September 29, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Emdebian Grip Squeeze updated to 6.0.7". emdebian.org. February 24, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c "Emdebian Grip 3.0 (based on Debian 7.0 "wheezy") released". emdebian.org. May 4, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Emdebian – The Universal Embedded Operating System". emdebian.org. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 

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