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> Zaurus Kexecboot-enabled Kernels, Graphical bootmenu for Zaurus
post Dec 10 2008, 01:42 AM
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the hackers at OpenEmbedded are almost ready to ship a new set of special kexec-enabled 2.6 kernels for all Zaurus machine supported:

c7x0 (SL-C7x0 - SL-C860)
akita (SL-C1000)
spitz (SL-C3xx)
tosa (SL-6xxx)
collie (SL5500)
poodle (SL5600)

These special-purpose kernels are small enough to be flashed on NAND and feature a frambefuffer graphical menu for the selection of the boot media.
Multipartitioned cards and lot of filesystems supported.
Kernel and cmdline reside now in /boot.


Release is scheduled for end of December. Stay tuned!

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post Nov 2 2010, 12:13 PM
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GAH! Forget it. I copied the image.nfo file over to a boot.cfg file and now it doesn't even show my sharp rom listed anymore. Then I tried booting into the debian eabi install and the kernel hung at "failed to load initial console" or whatever.

You guys have absolutely no documentation so how can you expect anyone else to use this kernel without having to scour through your source code to find out what and how it needs the boot.cfg file set up? I'll take another look at this kernel if someone ever decides to document their work so others can use it. Until then, I'll stick with the Omegamoon kernel which works perfectly (despite scanning the nand very slowly as well) and even has a better looking menu (with this angstrom one you can't tell which is the selection, the darker one or the lighter one).
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post Nov 2 2010, 02:42 PM
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Hi Xamindar,

I think you should take a break and chill out for a bit. You can't expect things to work seamlessly when they are not really aimed at Joe User. As soon as you reflash you are on the road to being a hacker...

Why don't you get on the mailing list and relate your experiences there ? I am sure they would appreciate feedback directly from a tester. (I don't know who user ant is IRL). http://lists.linuxtogo.org/pipermail/zaurus-devel/

Documentation is always the last thing to get written. If you read the mailing list archives it looks like they just want feedback to see what works and what doesn't at this stage. Plenty of things seems to be not working.

I think that what is on your flash is up to you, you don't need Sharp to supply new data. I expect though that your Sharp ROM is configured to be on flash so removing it is not an option. I am guessing that for some reason scanning jffs is slow; my understanding is that kexec is searching for bootable kernels. It would be nice if there was an option in one of the config files to disable scanning of flash.
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ant   Zaurus Kexecboot-enabled Kernels   Dec 10 2008, 01:42 AM
cortez   I tried kexecboot on the Akita and Spitz, and it w...   Dec 10 2008, 10:20 AM
speculatrix   excellent news indeed. I'm loving the idea of ...   Dec 15 2008, 02:39 PM
the_oak   So , does this take the place of the boot loader? ...   Dec 15 2008, 08:09 PM
nontrivial   I have been trying to get the images in the autobu...   Jan 1 2009, 07:31 AM
nontrivial   QUOTE(nontrivial @ Jan 1 2009, 09:31 AM) ...   Jan 1 2009, 04:49 PM
BerndS   Hi, QUOTE(ant @ Dec 10 2008, 10:42 AM) H...   Jan 7 2009, 12:28 PM
speculatrix   see the ubuntu forum, a number of us have graphica...   Jan 7 2009, 03:20 PM
BerndS   Hi will the new kexecboot support logical partiti...   Jan 11 2009, 08:51 AM
ant   ToDo is frozen http://linuxtogo.org/gowiki/Angstr...   Jan 16 2009, 01:51 AM
BerndS   Hi Ant, QUOTE(ant @ Jan 16 2009, 10:51 A...   Jan 16 2009, 04:48 AM
ant   >Thanks for the hint -- but the question remain...   Jan 16 2009, 04:54 PM
ant   BTW there is a limit to the number of partitions o...   Jan 18 2009, 02:11 AM
BerndS   Hi, QUOTE(ant @ Jan 17 2009, 01:54 AM) H...   Jan 18 2009, 02:34 AM
ant   QUOTE(ant @ Jan 16 2009, 10:51 AM) ToDo i...   Feb 12 2009, 03:34 AM
ant   Latest 2.6.26 and beta 2.6.33-rc6 images here: ht...   Feb 12 2010, 10:26 AM
klaxon   QUOTE(ant @ Feb 12 2010, 08:26 PM) Latest...   Feb 13 2010, 03:18 AM
ant   >I still can't boot Cacko from NAND with my...   Feb 17 2010, 07:35 AM
klaxon   SL-C1000 and newer models have also a 2.4 kernel. ...   Oct 14 2010, 03:07 PM
xamindar   QUOTE(klaxon @ Oct 14 2010, 04:07 PM) SL-...   Oct 14 2010, 05:05 PM
klaxon   QUOTE(xamindar @ Oct 15 2010, 02:05 AM) Q...   Oct 15 2010, 01:06 AM
ant   Hi, new roundup of linux-kexecboot 2.6.2x kernels...   Oct 26 2010, 01:26 AM
xamindar   Great to see this is still being worked on. Did th...   Oct 30 2010, 11:52 AM
xamindar   Ok, I hope the person who made this kernel is read...   Oct 30 2010, 12:33 PM
ant   QUOTE(xamindar @ Oct 30 2010, 09:33 PM) O...   Nov 2 2010, 03:20 AM
xamindar   QUOTE(ant @ Nov 2 2010, 04:20 AM) Purpose...   Nov 2 2010, 10:29 AM
ant   Hello, I've uploaded the 2.6.36 versions. Kex...   Nov 2 2010, 03:12 AM
xamindar   Also, what size is the icon.xpm supposed to be?   Nov 2 2010, 11:41 AM
xamindar   GAH! Forget it. I copied the image.nfo file ov...   Nov 2 2010, 12:13 PM
koan   Hi Xamindar, I think you should take a break and ...   Nov 2 2010, 02:42 PM
xamindar   QUOTE(koan @ Nov 2 2010, 03:42 PM) Hi Xam...   Nov 2 2010, 06:02 PM
koan   QUOTE(xamindar @ Nov 3 2010, 12:02 PM) Th...   Nov 3 2010, 02:40 AM
ant   Please download an image for your Zaurus at http:/...   Nov 2 2010, 04:59 PM
ant   Update 2013: note there is a decently updated set...   Feb 18 2013, 08:48 AM
koan   I missed this when you posted it. I hope to try it...   Mar 11 2013, 03:58 AM
InSearchOf   wow, you guys are still around! Late   Apr 12 2013, 05:41 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(InSearchOf @ Apr 12 2013, 01:41 PM)...   Apr 12 2013, 07:05 AM
InSearchOf   I've moved on to become an Apple Fanboy. I do ...   Apr 12 2013, 11:05 AM
Meanie   QUOTE(InSearchOf @ Apr 13 2013, 05:05 AM)...   Apr 22 2013, 10:08 PM
dougeeebear   I'm still kicking.. I check this site out from...   Apr 28 2013, 07:59 AM
sdjf   Hey, I'm still using both my sl5500 and sl6000...   May 4 2013, 08:23 PM
InSearchOf   Thats cool that the zaurii are still useful to you...   May 27 2013, 04:38 PM
Varti   I have just talked with Ant on #kexecboot regardin...   Jan 19 2016, 05:31 PM

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