Linux on the LifeDrive

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  1. T.P. Reitzel

    T.P. Reitzel Mobile Evangelist

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    The Insomnia release in 2006 has been updated to a 2007 test version which includes the OPIE DE:

    http://builds.hackndev.com/builds/Marex/LDLE.tar.bz2

    Generally, the system speed is adequate with a sufficent size for the swapfile, but don't run KStars .... :p I don't believe that WiFi is working yet . I'll check more tomorrow, but I just wanted to inform users that Linux on the LifeDrive isn't far from reality... :)


    A new version should appear eventually on the following page, but do NOT download the Insomnia release as it's extremely buggy. Use the aforementioned link to download the latest test version:

    http://www.handhelds.org/moin/moin.cgi/PalmLifeDriveDownloads

    P.S. Check the documentation on the last link for more information on installing the Bootloader, OPIE image, and swap (1)

    (1) The size of the included swapfile isn't big enough so it needs to be replaced. dd and mkswap are your friends...
     
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    A new alpha version has been released, but I haven't tested it yet. When I do, I'll post a link. One source says that the next major release is imminent which should include WI-FI capability. Of course, Linux on the LifeDrive won't be instant-on, but it's another step in exploiting the capabilities of this intriguing device.

    P.S. Since the "new" alpha version has the same version number as Marex's version released awhile ago, we'll just leave the status quo until the next major release occurs which should be soon.
     
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    The crew at Hack'n'Dev have finally released a new version of OPIE for the LifeDrive. Although, I haven't installed it yet, it should be sweet. Look at the warning at the bottom of the page and you should have little problem. This preview "release" looks like a winner, Marex.. Personally, I thank everyone involved in porting Linux to the LifeDrive. :)

    http://hackndev.com/node/852

    WiFi and USB work still in progress...

    P.S. The clock still needs more work and some included applications, e.g. mplayer and XMMS, don't have enough functionality. Audio files played from the microdrive sound superb! * :) However, sound skips periodically when played from the SD card. * With the buttons, LEDs, infrared, audio, MICROPHONE, etc. working, this effort reeks class. I do agree with Marex that some experienced programmer needs to fix Konqueror Embedded by the time that WiFi is complete. I even tested some video, e.g. AVI and MPG, in addition to MP3s. With mplayer, the files play fine if the screen size of the video is 320x480 or less. I tested one AVI (DivX) with video of 720x480 and the audio played fine, but the video just hung which was expected. Next try, I'll attempt to rescale the video of the same piece down to 480x320. Guys, you're headed in the right direction! Personally, this version will be the first one that I give a real thrashing. ;)

    * I'll have to test these observations more. Some of the audio files played from the SD card play fine while others do not. Ah, the intimacy of listening to Cass Elliot singing Words Of Love with a fine set of headphones... ;)
     
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    What is insomnia... the program?
     
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    Insomnia is the NAME of the particular build of Linux for the LifeDrive. It includes all of the various components required to boot and run Linux on the LifeDrive. However, do NOT use the Insomnia build as it's quite old and buggy. If you want to test the latest build of Linux for the LifeDrive, use the link, http://hackndev.com/node/852 , and download the bz2 image. The instructions to setup Linux are included in the bz2 image. However, note the WARNING at the bottom of the aforementioned link which basically states to NEVER reboot OPIE when finished. Always, use the shutdown option, then soft reset the LifeDrive with the button to return to PalmOS.
     
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    Marex has been working on Konqueror Embedded, http://marex-hnd.blogspot.com/ , so it looks like we'll soon have a good substitute for Blazer. With Shawn's CF and battery upgrades in addition to the frequency scaling of the Intel processor in OPIE, the LifeDrive just looks better and better. Actually, I'm thinking of buying some spares... ;)
     
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    More improvements from Marex. The update doesn't add any revolutionary new capabilities over the last one, but the improvements continue. Hopefully, we'll get WiFi soon and USB support. Initially, the boot sequence takes approximately 3 minutes due to configuration. Replacing the Hitachi mini drive with a compact flash would make this adaptation of the Angstrom and OPIE combination even more interesting. I plan on making that change within the next 6 months myself. I'm in no hurry for new hardware...

    http://hackndev.com/node/906#comment
     
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