Building and installing are two different things. Ubuntu probably went
through a multi-hour build before being packaged into an installable image
(as would Windows).
The distribution you use to make the gumstix environment is all source code
and needs to be compiled into binary form. The Ubuntu install is already
in binary form.
The distribution for the gumstix also supports a number of different boards
and architectures. To make it easier to manage, it is provided in source
form and compiling it is left up to the end user so they can configure it as
You can skip the build process and use one of the prebuilt images for the
(for Verdex) or
Basically, Ubuntu comes as "prebuilt" image (for the PC).
If you have a multiple core CPU or multiple CPUs, you can speed the build
process up some by enabling "parallel make". In the
gumstix-oe/build/conf/site.conf file (assuming you are building for a
verdex), uncomment the last two lines (PARALLEL_MAKE and BB_NUMBER_THREADS).
> Hi, I am a new user on Linux. And I wonder that I can install an Ubuntu
> 8.10 Edition in 40 minutes but I can't build a gumstix environment on the
> system in 40 minutes. It lasts more than 4 hours! Absolutely I am not
> master but anyone knows a shortcut for this problem? Thanks...
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