Departure into a new Age

Enrico Jörns | | PTXdist

Over the past months, we did a lot of work in giving some open source projects maintained by Pengutronix folks the attention they deserve while also being more open to the community and ease contributing to and using them.

Another notable milestone has now been finished; we have launched the new website for the PTXdist embedded Linux build system: While the domain was just a redirect to an inconspicuous sub-page of it now became a mature and stand-alone project website.

The new website comes with a responsive design allowing access from all kinds of devices. The already existing but not yet much utilized PTXdist Logo now sits at the top of the website inviting you to cook your own embedded Linux Project, from simple hobby projects to full-featured and highly customized professional Linux platforms.

It is not only giving a project a more informative landing page: With the website launch we have also put the HTML documentation of PTXdist online. Based on the old documentation that was still tex-based we started a conversion marathon about two years ago and moved everything to the more lightweight reStructuredText format. Using rst increases readability of the source while reducing the hurdle for contributors to modify and extend documentation on their own. With Sphinx PTXdist generates the full documentation in either HTML or PDF formats.

Putting the (latest) HTML version of the documentation online finally enables really useful features such as easy full text search (both JavaScript-based and in your browser), easier linking and googling, and, last but not least a quickly available solution to most of the issues you may stumble across while working with building embedded systems.

We have also put the DistroKit quick-start BSP and some core components as the Barebox bootloader and the update tool RAUC at a more prominent position to help new users taking their first steps.

Finally, on the Download page you will always find out which is the latest version of PTXdist and be able to download it.