Choosing a Rockbox Development Platform for Windows.
NOTE:This is a work in progress still.
The Rockbox cross-compiler only works on Unix (not Windows), but a number of ways exist to get some kind of Linux behahiour on Windows to run the compiler on.
Prominent ones include:
- Virtual Machines (VMWare, VirtualBox, VirtualPC, etc)
- WinARM (Windows Port of the arm-elf-gcc toolchain, for ARM only)
- Interix (POSIX subsystem for Windows NT-based systems)
- Lightweight. No heavy RAM usage, no virtual network adapters show up,
- VMWare Player is free, and allows for easy use of the prebuilt Rockbox dev appliance--just drop it in.
- VMWare Workstation is arguably the best virtualization product for desktop use.
- Virtual appliances can be built for free using the online tool EasyVMX.
- VMWare Player does not allow creation of appliances, but many are available pre-built online(including one for Rockbox development)
- Workstation costs USD$189
- Both are closed source.
- VirtualBox is maintained by Sun Microsystems and comes in both a proprietary and open source edition. Both versions are free like beer (for personal use). The GPL version lacks a few features, namely USB passthrough to the guest, ability to RDP into the guest, and a virtual SATA controller.
- VirtualBox supports VMDK, which allows it to access VMWare disk images. It should also allow drop-in use of the prebuilt Rockbox dev appliance.
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