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Qemu for Arch Linux ARM

Own compilation of Qemu for Arch Linux ARM, as it’s still in official repository (I need to verify the Yaourt repository). At the moment I desactivated Spice support Spice(On english Wikipedia), that allow to graphically control desktop of the Virtual Machine. That’s still possible to access to console.

Now obsolete, prefer official package.

This package is on my repository, you need to install these packages (there are other dependencies that can be found on official Arch Linux ARM repositories) :

* libseccomp-2.2.3-1-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz
* iasl-20150408-1.1-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz
* leveldb-1.18-1.1-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz

You also need the SeaBIOS « any » (architecture independant) package, that can be found here:
* https://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/any/seabios/. Click to Download From Mirror in the right box.

I made a locale copy of this package in case of need:
* seabios-1.8.2-1-any.pkg.tar.xz

And finally you also need the Qemu package itself:
* qemu-2.3.0-3-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz

To install them after that, in root account (or with sudo):

pacman -U libseccomp-2.2.3-1-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz iasl-20150408-1.1-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz \
  leveldb-1.18-1.1-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz seabios-1.8.2-1-any.pkg.tar.xz \

That’s not optimized for 3rd generation Cortex-A (Cortex-A7/a15/a17), The works then on any Cortex-A architecture, not only on the Cubieboard2.

I hope to have soon a smartbook based on Rockchip RK3288 for further experiment. Several vendors build 11″ models with about 10 hours autonomy they sell for 150 to 250$ depending on configuration (2 to 4 GB of RAM 16 or 32GB SSD). They are powerfull enough for web, terminal, office work) and several Linux distributions (including Arch Linux ARM, Debian and Ubuntu, can be installed on it):
* Asus (C201 11.6″ Chromebook and Chromebook Flip C100P (10″), this one can be used as a tablet too)
* Haier Chromebook C11
* Hisense Chromebook C11
* CTL H4 Chromebook for education

Due to succes of this plateform, MediaTek, made a similar solution based on MT8173, 64-bits, big.LITTLE, Quad-core.

Two ArchlinuxARM applications

* Entangle is a realtime DSLR camera remote control, based on gphoto2 I already wrote about 3 years ago.
* Bochs, an x86 emulator, that allows to use x86 system on a window, on ARM :D.

I only recompiled package from the ArchLinux (x86) PKGBUILD files, using makepkg -a and installing missing dependencies with pacman.

You can find my ArchlinuARM compiled packages here, I will try to understand the process to integrate them in ArchlinuxARM AUR.

I put them in my Cubieboard directory, but there should work fine for any ARMv7h plateform where ArchLinuxARM runs :


To install a package from filesystem : pacman -U name_of_the_package.pkg.tar.xz