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New version of the #Eclipse  +Buildroot plugin!
 
A new version 3.2  of the Buildroot plugin for Eclipse has been released. This version is compatible with the latest version of Eclipse Kepler 4.3 SR2. This  version also fixed an issue about setting properly the sysroot when debugging.

See https://github.com/mbats/eclipse-buildroot-bundle/wiki for more details.
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Anybody interested in the AVR32 support in +Buildroot ? If so, then speak up now, otherwise, we may very well deprecate the support for this architecture in the next release, 2014.05.

AVR32 has been abandoned since several years by Atmel, and therefore the upstream support is very poor or existent: no upstream support in gcc/gdb/binutils, broken upstream support in uClibc. It was however maintained in a pretty good shape by Simon Dawson for quite some time, but Simon has changed job and is no longer able to maintain AVR32.

So if you're interested by AVR32, speak up now.

See http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.uclibc.buildroot/81335.
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Here is the last reminder about the Google Summer of Code projects proposed by Buildroot. There is only a little bit more than one day before the deadline for students to apply as candidates for the program.

If you're a student, want to work on Buildroot this summer and get paid for it by Google, do not hesitate to apply.

Of course, we assume that the candidates will have a minimal knowledge of embedded Linux.

See https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2014 to apply, and http://elinux.org/Buildroot:GSoC2014Ideas for some ideas of projects.
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It finally happened: the Buildroot website at http://buildroot.org/ now has a new look, much more in line with what modern web site looks like. The previous Buildroot web site was in place since the origin of the project, in 2001, so it was time for a change.

You can expect some more improvements in the coming weeks and months. Comments and suggestions are welcome!
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Here it is: Buildroot 2014.02 has been released! See the release announcement at http://lists.busybox.net/pipermail/buildroot/2014-February/090732.html.

This new release breaks all records of contribution: 1100 patches merged, from 80 different contributors. And it also marks the 5th anniversary of stable Buildroot releases.

Have a look at the release announcement for the important new features, but in short: a mechanism to support external packages and board support, python and luarocks package infrastructures, toolchain improvements, 67 new packages, and an enormous amount of package updates and fixes.

Do not hesitate to send us your feedback, and report any issue you may face with this release. Enjoy!
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Help needed to maintain the Microblaze support in Buildroot. If you're doing work on Microblaze, you may be interested in helping Buildroot continue to support this architecture.

See http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.uclibc.buildroot/81336.
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A quick announcement to let people know that finally, the XBMC package has been merged in Buildroot, see http://git.buildroot.net/buildroot/commit/?id=a85c452a2d288a6344b1b9770752b1869a75ad03 !

Thanks to the awesome work of +Maxime Hadjinlian who has been working on this since several months, progressively packaging all the dependencies of XBMC that were needed. Thanks also to the help of Yann E. Morin, who helped a lot by fixing issues, providing reviews and doing tests.
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The Google Open Source Blog has a post about the last Buildroot meeting that took place in the Google offices in Brussels. See http://google-opensource.blogspot.be/2014/03/progress-in-person-2014-buildroot.html for the blog post.
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For our french readers, it is worth mentioning that the current issue of the OpenSilicium magazine has an article about Buildroot, which even makes it to the front page of the magazine with the familiar yellow hard hat. See http://www.unixgarden.com/index.php/open-silicium/open-silicium-n10-mars-avril-mai-2014-en-kiosque.

The article, written by +Denis Bodor, details how to set up a Mini2440 ARM platform with a few kernel patches, describes how to add new custom packages, and how to customize the root filesystem using a post-build script. Even though there are a few imperfections in the article (like using the generic-package infrastructure to package an autotools based package), it is overall a good introduction, and definitely a good exposure for Buildroot.
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Buildroot is a set of Makefiles and patches that makes it easy to generate a complete embedded Linux system. Buildroot can generate any or all of a cross-compilation toolchain, a root filesystem, a kernel image and a bootloader image. Buildroot is useful mainly for people working with small or embedded systems, using various CPU architectures (x86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, etc.) : it automates the building process of your embedded system and eases the cross-compilation process.