The remainder of this post contains historical information. Please read the update. Thank you.
- a repository of *nix software (such as bzip2, curl, openssl, python, and ruby) for ARM-based Android
- a package manager powered by Opkg, a lightweight program that feels like dpkg+apt
- a service manager powered by runit
- a build system for anyone looking to build and package his/her own scripts and programs
If I missed anyone, let me know!
Warning: BotBrew has been used successfully on a variety of rooted ARM devices, and is developed using a Nook Color, but you should still make backups before trying, just in case.
If the BotBrew app fails to bootstrap, you might be able to bootstrap using the command line:
wget http://repo.botbrew.com/anise/bootstrap/install.sh -O- | su
The next release of BotBrew, named basil, will be powered by Debian's Dpkg and Apt. This is a non-trivial update, so the app is being rewritten from scratch. I've posted some usage instructions, in case you are adventurous enough to try. Thanks! This app may be used in parallel with the current-stable BotBrew release, without conflict.
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5/20: the next release of BotBrew is in development!
4/20: improve support for long package names; fix list of repairable packages
4/16: new UI for devices with wide-enough screens; experimental support for moving to /sd-ext
4/9: Google Play release of BotBrew "anise"; previous release is now BotBrew.oldstable.apk; lots of updates since oldstable
3/16: lots of installer and filesystem changes for cross-device compatibility, work started on multiuser support
3/10: installers now depend on botbrew-core, which will (in the future) pull in basic packages that everyone should have
3/4: swipe left and right to see all/installed/upgradable packages
3/3: added ability to start installation of *.opk files from file managers
3/2: added ability to start installation from browser after clicking *.opk link
3/1: fixed some BotBrew.apk bugs; updated command line installer
2/27: reworked BotBrew.apk; new packages in stable repo
2/18: testing repository now open; new opkg -- please read before upgrading
2/16: make BotBrew.apk display latest versions in the package list
2/2: bugfix release of BotBrew.apk