This article is a wee bit old. Given as it was written late last year, I have been a very bad editor. Still it's worth a look, as our lovely and talented correspondent Obnox went to all the trouble to write it.
I just received in the mail a
It's a very nifty little Palm powered PDA. I purchased it to replace the a Handspring
Visor that had fallen on the floor a few too many times.
Getting it work with Linux was not difficult once I figured what the heck this meant:
Sep 8 19:23:31 curare kernel: hub.c: new USB device 00:11.2-2.3, assigned address 6
Sep 8 19:23:32 curare kernel: usb.c: USB device 6 (vend/prod 0x54c/0x169) is not claimed b
y any active driver.
It turns out the stock SuSE 8.2 kernel (2.4.20), doesn't contain anything to recognize the newer Clie PDA's. I eventually looked in driver/usb/serial/visor.c and visor.h and realized this. I probably could have gotten away with adding a couple lines to visor.c and visor.h, but I figured as long as I was futzing with it, I might as well get a newer kernel as well. Once I downloaded a newer kernel (2.4.27) and did a cycle of make dep clean modules modules_install bzImage, most everything was ducky. Of course my sound stopped working, but by the time I figured that out it was 1:30am and time to go to sleep. Bah.
I also realized this is the first time I've had to recompile a kernel in well over a year. So I guess that means Linux is getting there. Of course if I was using a newer distribution I suppose I wouldn't have this problem. C'est la vie.
I also needed to recompile Weasel Reader to remove the warning about using a newer makeztxt than the reader software can handle. The warning screen is distorted on the Clie, so you can't tap the accept button. No skin off my nose, since the thing is wretchedly annoying anyway. Now I need to figure out how to pull the ROM off the verdamnt thing so I can do some POSEdevelopment.
Well we finally managed to get 802.11b working on the old unixbigots laptop.
We're here at Defcon 9, drinking too much, smoking too much, and making our hotel
room look like a lan party. Unfortunately most of the laptop HW of the various
members sucks. It was about 105 degrees here in Las Vegas (the land of no taste).
Only one lecture was attended today (about HSRP - [router stuff]), useless.
We'll probably be attending haxor jeopardy later tonight. Mostly we're mucking
about and destroying our bodies. More reports tomorrow.
Well I hate to give anyone's closed source drivers praise. But now that
I'm upgraded to SuSE 7.1 and downloaded and installed the latest drivers
my system seems to be working fine. I was able to download some 3D
Loki Games to play on my computer.
All I can say is "Very nice indeed". It looks like I'll have to go pick
up a couple copies of some 3D Linux games.
SuSE 7.1 is nice, I'll see if I can't get a review of it up.
Linuxtoday has an interesting
litte story. Evidently somebody sent Linuxtoday some news about SuSE
laying off some people (which sucks, but isn't as big a deal as some people
are making it out to be). Now they thought this was a little odd since
most people who frequent Linuxtoday are fans, and this is mildly bad news.
Well when they checked where it came from, they found the originating
IP was tide83.microsoft.com (220.127.116.11). Some other things of questionable
merit have also come from there before.
Evan Lebovitch has a very nice
article running on Zdnet talking about the increase in FUD we see spewing from Microsoft these days. Now that GWB is in the White House it seems pretty obvious that they feel they can start taking the gloves off.
I personally think they're doomed to failure, but maybe not. Anyway it's nice to see something other than the party line coming out of ZDNet. Evan has been doing fair and/or pro-linux articles for a while.
P.S. Some of us actually like to get work done on our system. I can do that with SuSE. With slackware I would spend a lot of my time tinkering with slack just to get anything running. So what if my install has cartoons and progress bars and other nancy-boy stuff, it works doesn't it?
Some of us like versions of linux that are similar to Unix, and not with some cute plug and play install. I do not boot linux into KDE either. I may run windows 2k a lot, but at least when I do unix, I do unix right.
The Register has a cute blurb
talking about some problems Microsoft has had with their mail servers.
Evidently some of their mail has been in a holding loop for up to four
days. On top of their DNS problems and what-not, this really strikes me
as pretty convincing evidence that .NET is a horrible idea.
Do you really trust Microsoft to keep their network up? If they don't
you can't do jack if all your apps are .NET related.
P.S. We're not dead yet, and hopefully we'll start posting more often now.
I'm especially looking forward to the release of SuSE 7.1 Mmmm, XFree 4.02,
KDE 2.01, and Kernel 2.4. Can you say creamy unix goodness. I thought
This is of course in contrast to some people [cough]heathens[/cough] that
are running things like Slack in root mode so they can use sound.
The article is mainly interesting because they talk about how it's becoming
more common in government. Even though Beowulf computing started off
in a semi-govermental setting (NASA), it is predominantly used in business
and academic research settings. I'm always in favor of a wider usage
of Unix-like technology.
Well it appears that the eagerly awaited (by me anyway) next version of
SuSE Linux has appeared. Version 7.0
has XFree86 4.0 standard and some other goodies. So it looks like I
can finally start running some nifty 3D games in Linux without going out
and recompiling my XServer.
The 7.0 Version was actually out the 15th, but the weekend was busy and
I forgot about it. One thing that is making me unhappy though is that
when they split it into personal / professional, they removed a lot of
the development tools from it. They still include gcc I believe, but not
gdb, ddd, or a whole host of other things I expect. Bogus.
There an informative
that talks about the EFF needing help. More specifically they need cash
to continue their legal battles. The
Electronic Frontier Foundation has
gone through a lot of their budget doing defense work for things like
the DeCSS case, among others. They've spent more already this year than
their entire 1999 budget.
So get out there and contribute!
This is serious and important stuff.
Linuxtoday has an interesting
by Sebastian Kuzminsky, Linus Torvalds, Theodore Ts'o, and Daniel Quinlan.
This is to solve the problem's with having no archival system for patches
and no way to track these things against the TODO and errata lists. Hopefully
this will also help satisfy the people who have kvetched about Linus not
using a CVS system.
This is not really news - but interesting nonetheless.
by someone named "fluxnyne". It was a reasonably harmless hack, just a
page redirect to the crackers page and then a redirect back to OPEC's site.
main page. I was curious what they were running...
% telnet www.opec.org 80
Connected to www.opec.org.
Escape character is '^]'.
HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 17:44:13 GMT
The parameter is incorrect.
Connection closed by foreign host.
It looks like Virgin Connect is doing a nono and violating the GPL for
Linux and other unspecified programs. You can read some more details
about it at this
discussion board. I picked up this tidbit from the linux kernel mailing list.
NVNews has an interview with the
product manager at Nvidia in this
article. They talk about Linux support some in page 2 of the interview.
There drivers may be flipping great, but I've been burned
too many times to be comfortable with proprietary drivers. The one that
hurt the most was my Diamond Fireport 40 Dual, a great scsi card, but it's
discontinued, so no more driver updates for it. Errrr. Thank goodness
the Linux driver for it is good.
Stuckness shouldn't be avoided. It's the psychic predecessor of all
real understanding. An egoless acceptance of stuckness is a key to an
understanding of all Quality, in mechanical work as in other endeavors.
-- R. Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"