In the past months, there has been some demand for Armel support for OpenPanel. We never really got around to fixing the bugs which stopped the platform from working. Part of that was priorities: OpenPanel is in production on Intel and AMD processors, so fixing bugs for those platforms takes precedence. Another part was lack of hardware. The latter changed recently when a friend offered us access to his LaCie NetworkSpace2 running Debian Squeeze. He had already compiled OpenPanel from source, and he was experiencing all the known bugs for the Armel platform. He gave us root access to the machine, so we could research some issues. We spent a few late evenings on the target, and we managed to fix all of the most annoying bugs.
OpenPanel is far from mature on Armel. The userbase is slim and we don’t actually test on the platform. However, we have set up our automated builder to build Armel binaries, so you can test easilly. To use it, add “deb http://download.openpanel.com/dev lenny main” to your sources.list. Be advised that these are bleeding edge builds; we don’t actually test these and they tend to break frequently. Eventhough Armel will not be an officially supported platform for OpenPanel 1.1, we will provide stable builds for Armel.