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> Akita Multiboot "how To" Help
post Apr 17 2010, 03:21 AM
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I have tried most "how to" in this forum and elsewhere and none have worked for me. I am not a developer but a user of the Zaurus. So when an "how to" assumes it is clear to everybody without actually including all the detailed steps, it does not always work for everybody, as shown in many of the posts in this forum. I have tried almost all distros by flashing them on my Akita and they all worked fine. But now the emphasis is more and more on kexecboot or multiboot methods. So I would like to write a complete multiboot "how to" for users (not developers) for the Akita hopefully with all your help.

Here is what I want to do:

1- Have multiple OS for my SL-C1000 on a SD card
- Zubuntu 2.0
- Cacko 1.23
- Angstrom
- Poky
- Igelle (http://www.igelle.com/)
2- Use the kexecboot or Omegamoon version

I have been using mainly Cacko but I now need to have a more mini computer (with Perl, Pyton, PHP and Apache) for when I am on a train or plane. I also mainly travel by bike and carrying a laptop is not an option for me, I need to travel as light as possible hence the Zaurus is perfect for that.

Here is what I tried so far:

1- I have configured a 2GB SD card with ext3 using fdisk and mkfs the same way as on Omegamoon:
2- I already had Cacko running on my Akita (capable of reading SD cards higher than 1GB)
3- I obtain the Katastrophos rootfs files and modules from this post:
4- Put the them on one of the partition of the SD card
5- Obtain the Sptiz Zubuntu 2.0 rootfs and addition files from this page:
(That actually did not work, when I tried to gunzip and tar -xvf the content on my Linux box, I got a few mknode permission denied).
6- Put them on a 1GB partition on the SD card
7- Obtain the kexecboot kernel and update file from Omegamoon:
8- Put them on a CF VFAT card (my SD card formatted as VFAT did not get recognized by my Akita)
9- Flashed update them on the Zaurus and rebooted as per the instruction on Omagamoon:
10- After rebooting my Akita, I obtain the Omagemoon kexecboot menu with 2 items in the list, one for Cacko and one for Zubuntu.
11- Selecting the Cacko did not work, got a kernel panic (init not found)
12- Selecting the Zubuntu did not work just stopped in the console and never booted the actual desktop.

I read all the posts in this forum related to this topic and there are many incomplete solutions but none of them seem to work for me.

So I want to start from the absolute beginning and want to write down every single steps that need to be taken for using kexecboot on Akita. Remember this is for the users not the developers.

Step 1: Format a SD card

- Partition and make an ext3 filesystem on a 2GB SD card with some swap space
(enter the exact and complete steps here)

Step 2: Prepare your Zaurus

- ...

Step 3: Obtain rootfs files, kernel-cmdline, kernel images for each OS

etc. ...

Shall we start?

Thank you for your help.
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post Apr 24 2010, 01:10 AM
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Well, Angstrom just does not boot properly. The rootfs and image are probably OK after the build, it is just the /dev and probably others directories and files that do not come properly configured. If you compare the Zubuntu 2.0 tar achive /dev and the Angstrom /dev you will see that none of the Angstrom files in /dev have have been mknod. If Zubuntu just works after installing it on the SD card so there is no reason why Angstrom should not do the same. Unfortunately Zubuntu 2.0 is just not usuable on a Zaurus SL-C1000, it is way too slow, 5 minutes to start Fennec!

So I still want to try Angstrom and see if it is more usable. I tried it 2 years ago and it worked fine, but could never get my WiFi card to work so I kept Cacko because everything just works and it is fast. But now I need to have Apache and PHP on my Zaurus for working on a project while on the train.

Does anybody know how to install a fresh build of Angstrom on a Akita?

The last build I done should still be on the Angstrom server if anybody wants to try it on their Akita:

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