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> Linux 4.14 Kernel officially released
Posted by Varti - 11-13-17 06:07 - 0 comments
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The Linux kernel v. 4.14 has been released:



This release includes fixes for both the GPD Win and GPD Pocket devices:


- add DMI quirk table for x86 systems which need fbcon rotation (devices like Asus T100HA, GPD Pocket, the GPD win and the I.T.Works TW891) (Hans de Goede)
* tag 'fbdev-v4.14' of git://github.com/bzolnier/linux: (75 commits)
video/console: Update BIOS dates list for GPD win console rotation DMI quirk
video/console: Add new BIOS date for GPD pocket to dmi quirk table

(please let me know if you find any other fix not included here)

I couldn't find anything related to the Gemini PDA.

In the meanwhile, work is in progress to fix the bugs which are preventing the latest kernel to run on the Zaurus:
- the problem with the screen backlight on Corgi and all the later models has been fixed and merged by Robert Jarzmik, the fix will be released in 4.16: https://www.spinics.net/lists/kernel/msg2624470.html
- it was not possible to compile the kernel with GCC v7, fixed in 4.15
- new sharpslpart partition parser by Andrea "ant" Adami, to be released in 4.16: https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/8/14/863
- large CF cards support by greguu
- fixes for the Collie kexecboot support, for now the latest working kernel is 4.4

Thanks to ant, greguu, Robert Jarzmik and all the others who are helping to bring the latest kernel to the Zaurus!

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> DNS renewal 2017
Posted by speculatrix - 10-27-17 04:15 - 14 comments
Hello everybody,
we're trying to get the DNS registration of OESF.ORG renewed before it expires on the 4th November.

It's worth people making a note of the current IP address which is

then, if the DNS expires, you can add an entry to your hosts file and still access the forum.

we're also trying to get ibiblio to add www.zaurus.org as an alternative host name, so it's worth taking a note of that in case it goes live.

meanwhile, I've set up http://forum.zaurus.org/forum/ and https://forum.zaurus.org/forum/ as a proxying service via my own personal server to allow access to this forum (with the IP hack so that it will still work in the event of oesf.org domain not being renewed), unfortunately the login page directs the browser to www.oesf.org, hopefully we can find a work-round for that.

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> GPD Win 2 prototype unveiled
Posted by Varti - 10-20-17 07:09 - 1 comments
The Phawx has posted a video on Youtube, showing the first available photos of the GPD Win successor, the GPD Win 2.


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What we know so far about the new device is that it has a new, faster CPU (an Intel Core M3-7Y30, compared to the Atom x7-Z87xx used on its predecessor), and a bigger, improved keyboard. It will have an user-accessible M.2 2242 slot for storage, which should make it easier for the user to expand the internal memory. It will use active cooling, but there will be no hardware switch, so the fan will be controlled only via software. The new CPU's RRP seems to be higher than the Win 1's one, so it will probably an expensive device when it will be released.

Thanks to Tomoe on #zaurus for the heads-up.

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> Warning about a forthcoming PHP upgrade
Posted by Varti - 10-16-17 01:55 - 2 comments
I have recently received a positive feedback from ibiblio about some software upgrades on the server I requested, including a PHP version 5 -> 7 upgrade, required by the newer MediaWiki and forum packages. I don't know when this upgrade will be performed; I just wanted to warn you that, once it will be completed, the forum might be affected by it, i.e. some services might not work anymore, or in the worst case the entire forum might stop running. This might happen since we are using a quite old forum software, which might not run well on newer PHP versions; we already had some issues in the past when switching from PHP 4 to 5. I'm anyway still checking the various upgrade paths, so that (hopefully soon) the won't have any problem with the newer PHP. I'll keep you informed.

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> First impressions on the Gemini PDA
Posted by Varti - 09-18-17 00:30 - 3 comments
""Tiny" in the USA connotes "toy-like", and people expect toys to be (a) cheap and (b) not suitable for doing real work. Not so in Japan, where "tiny" connotes "finely crafted" and "precious"."

A very interesting and thoughtful insight on today's need of small devices with real keyboards, and some interesting information about the Gemini from the backers' meeting during the recent MWC America show in San Francisco.


Some interesting facts: the first 100 produced units will be used for testing to failure, "(...) including drop and vibration testing, keyboard testing, and at least 10,000 opening and closing cycles of the clamshell hinge." 2.000 units will be produced for the backers, and other 8.000 for sale through other channels. The company will break even with those 10.000 units, but sales of at least 100.000 units will be required for profitability.

The main targets for the device are previous Psion owners (and I'd add Zaurus ones), the Japanese market (roughly 40% of the backers are Japanese) and writers.

The device will ship with a special tool to be used to pry off the cover to get access to the SIM card, eSIM and micro-SD card slots, possibly the battery too. Automatic adjustment of the screen brightness, depending on ambient light, is planned (I wonder if the GPD devices have this feature too). Neither a stylus nor a stylus holder will be included, but they are planned as an option at a later stage.

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> New Gemini PDA forums added
Posted by Varti - 08-11-17 01:03 - 4 comments

After the latest progress updates on the Gemini PDA campaign I have now decided to open a new forum dedicated to it. I have divided it into 3 subforums (hardware, Linux and Android). In the next months I'll post there any news and updates about this project, and anyone having an interest on this device is of course welcomed to contribute.
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> Noodle PI, a new crowdfunded handheld based on the Raspberry PI
Posted by Varti - 08-9-17 02:12 - 0 comments
Ashish Gulhati, who is according to Wikipedia "[...] one of India's first online activists and open source hackers", is currently holding a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a portable case for the Raspberry Pi Zero, called Noodle PI.


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The project includes a high-resolution multi-touch screen, a battery, a power management system, and a camera inside the case. With 7 days still remaining for the end of the campaign, it has already reached CA$ 9,821 of its CA$ 1,024 goal. It's third stretch goal has been enabled, too: the production of the Noodle Key Micro dock, which allows to use a readily available backlit mini-keyboard with the device, making the device a fully fledged UMPC.

On a side note, mr. Gulhati still owns a Zaurus SL-C3100, which he claims to be the most usable among all the portable devices he has owned, although "[...] it was still too small and fiddly, and didn't have backlit keys or built-in WiFi or Bluetooth", hence the need for this project.

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> OESF Portal now set as the main page
Posted by Varti - 07-28-17 04:38 - 4 comments
As previously announced, I have now set the Portal as the forum's main page. I have created 4 new forums for the news too, all the threads opened there will appear on the portal, while all the other (sub)forums will appear only on the main forum, as always. Let me know if you like this change, and if any of you would like to help me with posting news items.

I have followed the suggestion made by koan, now the portal and the forum can be reached as follows:

Portal: http://www.oesf.org
Forums: http://www.oesf.org/forums

You can reach the forums also from the portal, by clicking on one of the two links on the top left side, or on any thread title.

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