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> The future of ELSI
Posted by Varti - 12-7-17 05:12 - 1 comments

as you probably know, ELSI (www.elsix.org) has been offline since some years now. I have checked on the Ibiblio server, and apparently the account has been deleted, probably due to missing maintenance and/or lack of feedback from the admins. I have now contacted dz, which I believe was the account's owner, to ask him if he has been contacted by the server admins for the matter. I'll try to get a mirror of the account and the database (from ibiblio if necessary), so that at least we don't lose any data.

Regarding the future of the site, my idea was to install a new web interface to host all the data from ELSI, a local copy of all the archives I manage to find, plus the feeds and webpage mirrors I'm collecting, in order to have a central repository for all the software for Zaurus and other, similar devices. I'd take a look at what free PHP file portals are available, and modify it if necessary to suit our needs. I'd keep the name ELSI (Embedded Linux Software Linux), since I'd be targetting the Zaurus and other devices (we already host here an OpenSimpad feed, for example). I'll ask if it will be possible to reopen the account, and if we'll get it up again I'll try to put the old ELSI back online in the meanwhile.

Here's a mirror of the first page of ELSI on archive.org, in case you'd like to see how it looked like:

Stay tuned.
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> Request for data about newer CF cards
Posted by Varti - 11-27-17 00:30 - 1 comments
[Edit: post moved to the News forum to make it more visible]

Greguu, Alarmz's developer, is preparing a patch for the support of newer CF memory cards on Zaurus, which he'll submit to the Linux kernel once it will be ready. Each card, or family of cards, needs to be listed in a database (either inside pata_pcmcia.c or ide-cs.c) in order to be possible to mount it. The last update to it was done in 2008, so all the more recent cards cannot be recognised anymore. Before he submits the patch he'd like to fill the list with as many new entries as possible.

What we'll like to ask you is, in case you have one or more of such cards which cannot be mounted, to post in this thread the makers, names and sizes of these cards and the output of
pccardctl info

or, if pccardctl isn't available,
cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/1.0/card_id
cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/1.0/manf_id
cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/1.0/modalias

This can be done either on a Zaurus (preferably running the latest Alarmz, which includes pccardctl) or on any PC with a CF card reader. Note that the Zaurus C3x00 models have two CF slots, 0.0 and 1.0, the external one is labeled 1.0. On other models, such as the C1000, the external CF slot is the only one available and it is labeled as 0.0.

As an example, this is the output of an (already supported) SanDisk 1GB CompactFlash SDCFJ card on my C1000:
[root@alarm ~]# pccardctl info
PRODID_3="5/3 0.6"

[root@alarm ~]# cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/0.0/card_id

[root@alarm ~]# cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/0.0/manf_id

[root@alarm ~]# cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/0.0/modalias

Please note that only *unsupported*, i.e. unmountable CF cards should be reported.

In the meanwhile, in order to use an unknown card there's a way to make the kernel accept it via
echo -n 1 > /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/1.0/allow_func_id_match

Note that this is a temporary solution and it might not work with your card.

Thanks for your help.
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> Linux 4.14 Kernel officially released
Posted by Varti - 11-13-17 06:07 - 3 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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(Image source: liliputing.com)

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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