Essentially the specific Maemo Nokia Internet Tablet line ...the N.I.T. compromises the 770, n800, n810 and n900 device line.
Developing primarily consists of work via scratchbox. In short ..it has the singular bonus of being able to emulate the architecture (on a pc) "on-screen" of the devices ..enabling a safe environment to experiment and test. So a person without an actual physical device can still enjoy, test, play, and utilize the device on their pc.
There is of course other methods other tools, geany, netbeans, etc...
but they do not offer viewing the "results"...so to speak.
Back in the day...we did have versions like an altered Ubuntu Intrepid ...which were altered with maemo development in mind.
Fast forward ...and now to work with these antiquated altered distros we must use v.m.'s to utilize them. or utilize other methods.
After testing, implementing, and working with a variety of options..
I finally started resuscitating Esbox..essentially an Eclipse based program pertaining specifically to maemo development toolsets which once upon a time was used to (can be integrated directly with Eclipse as well) ease the time, difficulty (making it easy even for those completely unknowing of the maemo platforms, devices, even linux itself) in set up...and much more.
Eclipse/Esbox allows for the easy-click installations of scratchbox, platform sdk's, and a variety of plugins for work with the maemo platforms Pluthon (python), Mica, Qt, c, c++, and more. Pretty much everything needed in Eclipse/Esbox for maemo development.
the Eclipse variant Esbox is based on the older Eclipse Ganymede 3.4.2 ...but still ...surprisingly functional.
Long story as short as possible
The requirements that the host distros had to meet were some small few compatibilities ...the ability to cram as many tools as possible in under 4gb for easy live distro creation and distribution....and the distros in question to be rolling debian based distributions. I have no interest in seeing work buried yet again by cyclical releases after as little as 6 months.
LMDE2Betsy 32bit mate proved quite successful ..albeit ..there were consequently some potential updates which could undermine the maemo tools.
SOLYDX 32bit community edition..proved a better at being flawlessly compatible with maemo tools.
Siduction 32bit community edition ..also proved to function similarly to SOLYDX 32bit.
The odd man out ...Bodhi ..I'm currently working on ...isn't a rolling release per se...but the maemo community at large has had successes with implementing Bodhi and e16 and e17 as well as the EFL on devices and so hence I can only see it as being advantageous to have Bodhi as the host system to more easily..hm..."pull from" so to speak.
As far as antiX 15 is concerned...not only does it look favourable as a potential option..initial tests with beta 1 and 3 (so far) look good. How the final version works out may be another matter. I do see the allure for many who may be or need to do their development work on an older system...antiX fits perfectly in that niche...as well..interestingly ...I do see the possibility if not with the n800/n810 line, then possibly the n900..of running antiX on actual device. I'm aware that there isn't much in the way of embedded work going on here...but...if we can get debian, bodhi, arch, gentoo, and the list goes on...onto our devices...(I'm just shooting from the hip here
) ...why not antiX? Fact is many maemo(ans) device users I'm sure would be absolutely fascinated with antiX's use of the umt-panel2 for GPRS/UMTS/3G connections....I mean there are alot of n900 users and future neo900 users..I'm sure who would find that alone interesting enough to look into trying to get antiX on our devices. I actually am surprised there is zero conversation about antiX on maemo talk...there has been a little on Mepis ..but I'm sure our members would find antiX to be intriguing a possibility on our devices.
And to just slightly twist topic some more here....by this fall we should have the neo900 ..which would most certainly look much more appealing to work in conjunction with many distros...I have been most curious about how applicable antiX may be to our device line...
Anyway as to your mention...yes indeed...
It may be that future direction of some of the rolling releases..including antiX..
will make for difficulties compatibility-wise with maemo development.
Hence the number of applicable distros.
All one's eggs in one's basket makes no sense eh?
But I do hope whatever difficulties which may arise ...can be figured out...can be resolved quickly.
I'm aware of antiX's live-remaster, iso-snapshot, and build-iso...haven't mucked with them around with them...I figure the live-remaster and build-iso are somewhat similar I imagine to the old remastersys and the relatively new Systemback in a lot of ways...so I figure it will be pretty smooth in that regard.. build-iso should prove to be fascinating to play with...
And concerning antiX's continuous small updates..well..that would depend how long I can hold off such updates (so I'm not doing them daily) ..weeks I'm sure...perhaps a few months at worst... before releasing an updated variant.
For example the siduction "maemosid" variant live iso needs to be kept current for those who wish to download it..so once every few months a freshly updated ...current version will be available.
So ..yeah..anyway I'll end here or I'm writing a book with chapters