Topic: Debian installer for Novena?
The latest (very exciting) update asked for opinions on distros/firmware. I can volunteer to help put together a customised Debian installer for Novena if people think that would be useful.
I did this once before for my GK802 "AndroidPC", another imx6 device that I use as a personal server. That time I did it pretty hacky (though still reproducable) because I was in a hurry and I didn't want to set up a package repo for custom udebs. For Novena I think there may(?) be a Debian repo planned so it could be done in a somewhat less hacky and more maintainable way.
The nice thing about an installer, rather than a rootfs image, is it allows you a lot of fine-grained control over things like filesystem choice/location, disk encryption, LVM, and initial package set. For example I run my GK802 home server on a LUKS encrypted rootfs on top of software RAID1 (dual MicroSD RAID1!) Configs like this are a pain to apply retrospectively on top of a rootfs image.
Installer can also be configured to run via a serial tty, so you can do a headless installation also.
I have a small advantage in helping out because I have a loaner Novena PVT1 (I think it's PVT1) on my desk, courtesy of a generous friend. Although to be successful I think I'd need to get some assistance from xobs/bunnie/someone to integrate properly with any official repo, and support whatever tools are required for the newer custom hardware I don't have.
Thoughts, anyone? If the general opinion is that rootfs images are easier to deal with then I'm 100% OK with that, don't want to put in effort just to make people's lives more complex.