Lessons learned 1.5 years support of meteor on ARM and BSD

It is really great to see more and more people are becoming interested in running meteorjs on yet unsupported devices and OSes. During the last year we could recognize a weekly grown number of downloads and clones from our repositories.

Best new update to the meteor universal fork was to deliver already pre-built binaries on bintray.com. Since that moment we had very less issues. Most of the time our issues are touching enhancements than errors.

We updated the README.md from time to time and put some effort in describing the Good to know parts. It seems that most people can use that stuff without any headage by know.

Since our investment into running meteor also on BSD we got there weekly higher downloads too. Seems that this is usefull for a number of developers as well.

Now some few information about statictics and numbers.

I am glad to recognize 122 Stargazers by now.

There are maybe some worldwide HotSpots where you have to go if interested in running your IoT with meteor - take a look at the world-city-map

As you can see by downloads we have a highly interested community on ARM devices

and some steady growing numbers for xBSD systems

We are looking forward to our next update for meteor universal 1.3 and adding support to some more Android devices. I will keep you informed.



Hi Matt ( @debergalis ),

reflecting to your Interview at IBM developerWorks the above stats may emphasize the interest for running Meteor on ARM and IoT devices today. We have reveiced a number of thankful mails for our support in the meteor universal fork from developers all over the world already doing seriously projects and running devices in production.

Interview seems to be from late 2014 / early 2015

Looking forward to come up to 1000 downloads per 30days periods :wink:


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Awesome! NetBSD was my first real involvement in open source, you know …

There’s some interesting work to do around binaries and installers as we move into NPM land. Would be great if it turns out we can integrate or align with your work, if even in an unofficial or unsupported capacity.


Hi Matt ( @debergalis ), however it fits to you, I’ll be there :heart_decoration: just nudge me

Awesome work you did there :smiley: :clap:!
I’ll give it a try on beaglebone with debian in the next few weeks.
Are there any plans to get more “official”? I’m not sure if I can convince the company I’m working for to go with a “community fork”(even if it’s at least as solid as the official repo).


Hi @sakulstra

as long as I know, there is currently no “official” maintaned release other than for x86 Linux, Osx and Windows.

If you check out the commit list for the universal fork, you will see mostly just some enhancements depends on the additional targets. If there were some issues while using other stuff, we always had contact to those maintainers and sended in PRs which were accepted after all. (e.g. chromium or node-fibers and some more)

From that to say our main invest is to prepare and check whatever is necessary to run on not yet official supported architectures and OSes adn to document that. So our fork is really same source base than the official meteor. As an addtional argument, we did not do the fork to change meteor, we just enable the starters and packages to support some more systems, so from my point of view - the universal fork is as stable as the original meteor stable branches.

Do not hesitate to ask if you need some help while starting on beagle or whatever.


P.S.: Be aware of a current debian “jessie” bug inside their SSL certificates - see issue #37

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