Ångström distribution

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Ångström
OS family Linux
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release 2014.12 / August 2014; 2 years ago (2014-08)[1]
Package manager Opkg
Platforms ARM
Kernel type Monolithic kernel
Default user interface Console, X Window System, GPE, OPIE
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website angstrom-distribution.org

The Ångström distribution is a Linux distribution for a variety of embedded devices. The distribution is the result of work by developers from the OpenZaurus, OpenEmbedded, and OpenSIMpad projects. Amongst other options, the user interface in one of the reference builds is the GPE Palmtop Environment.

Ångström a linux distribution that competes against Poky linux. Ångström is based on the OpenEmbedded project, and more specifically, the openembedded-core (often abbreviated simply oe-core) layer. Both Ångström and Poky Linux are based on oe-core. But Ångström is not officially part of the Yocto Project like Poky. Discussions are underway for Ångström to join Yocto Project to something more like siblings.


Ångström is somewhat different than Poky Linux in that the developers call it a binary distribution, in a similar way that you might think of Ubuntu. One primary output of Ångström builds is a binary package feed, allowing a developer to simply install a package on a compatible ARM target, for example, without having to compile it, in a similar manner that you might use ‘sudo apt-get install <package>’ on a Ubuntu distribution.

Ångström uses opkg for package management.

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According to the Ångström wiki,[2] Ångström is being developed for at least the following devices:

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