Ångström distribution

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OS familyLinux
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest release2017.12 / December 30, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-12-30)[1]
Package manageropkg
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel
Default user interfaceConsole, X Window System, GPE, OPIE
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websiteangstrom-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. The graphical user interfaces (GUIs) available are OPIE and GPE among other options.

The Ångström distribution is in "competition" with Poky Linux. Ångström is based on the OpenEmbedded project, specifically the OpenEmbedded-Core (OE-Core) layer. While both Ångström and Poky Linux are based on OE-Core, mostly utilize the same toolchain and are both officially "Yocto compatible",[2] only Poky Linux is officially part of the Yocto Project.

Ångström primarily differs from Poky Linux in being a binary distribution (like e.g. the Debian, Fedora, OpenSuse or Ubuntu Linux distributions), using opkg for package management. Hence an essential part of Ångström builds is a binary package feed, allowing to simply install software distributed as opkg packages, without having to compile them first (just as one might install a binary package with aptitude or dpkg).

Target platforms[edit]

According to the Ångström wiki,[3] Ångström is being developed for at least the following devices:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Download directrory for Ångström releases".
  2. ^ "Ångström page on YoctoProject.org".
  3. ^ "Angstrom - GoWiki". Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  5. ^ "IPC Industrierechner - kundenspezifische Elektronik Software Entwicklung - pironex GmbH".

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