Familiar is also the name of a Linux
distribution for the iPaq
handheld and similar StrongARM
based mobile devices. It is something like a cut-down Debian
distribution. It comes with a package manager
, called ipkg, which is very similar to the Debian package manager in that it can download packages itself, and automatically downloads all required dependencies. A full installation of Familiar is approximately 20 megabytes
, this includes all your favourite Linux
and various media players. It leaves you with about 12 megabytes
to play with (there seems to be a clustering
of mobile devices with the following specs: 206MHz StrongARM
, 32MB Flash
, 64MB RAM, 240x320 VGA screen).
Familiar is supported in a number of ways by the remnants of Compaq, by, for example, providing web space for the project at: http://www.handhelds.org.
Its big brother is Initimate (geddit, Familiar is something that follows you around, an Intimate is like a more capable familiar).