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7 Dec 2017
Hi,

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:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160112003201/http://elsix.org/

Stay tuned.
Varti
6 Dec 2017
A new project on GitHub for Linux support on the Gemini has been opened:

https://github.com/adamboardman/gemini-keyboard-apps

This project includes applications and patches for the support of keyboard navigation options on the Gemini. Adam Boardman, the project's owner, is asking for help to expand the project's wiki page: "A few backers have been looking into primarily Debian based Linux options and dropping their findings on a wiki. Plenty of system areas have not been investigated. If any more folk want to help out, the Wiki has been set to public editing."

https://github.com/adamboardman/gemini-keyboard-apps/wiki

Varti
4 Dec 2017
For anyone here planning to visit the next year's CES show in Las Vegas (I wish I could smile.gif ), which will be held from Tuesday, January 9th till Friday, January 12th 2018, I'm posting here a couple of links for free passes to the show. Only a limited number are available, and they should be redeemed before December 18th. Worth noting is that the Gemini PDA should be showcased there, and maybe will be already available for purchase.

https://ncubehome.co.uk/blogs/blog/join-us-...show-in-january (Click on the Register here! link in the "We are giving away complimentary tickets" paragraph)

https://www.nordicsemi.com/eng/Events/CES-2018 (click on the REGISTER NOW image on the right)

https://www.meetup.com/StartupSuperHeroes/m...yR9_tLlWcQrWoQd

Feel free to post other links to free passes, if you find them!

Varti
27 Nov 2017
[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
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pccardctl info


or, if pccardctl isn't available,
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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:
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[root@alarm ~]# pccardctl info
PRODID_1="SanDisk"
PRODID_2="SDP"
PRODID_3="5/3 0.6"
PRODID_4=""
MANFID=0045,0401
FUNCID=4

[root@alarm ~]# cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/0.0/card_id
0x0401

[root@alarm ~]# cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/0.0/manf_id
0x0045

[root@alarm ~]# cat /sys/bus/pcmcia/devices/0.0/modalias
pcmcia:m0045c0401f04fn00pfn00pa7A954BD9pb91844B1CpcAAC42958pd00000000


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
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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.
Varti
13 Nov 2017
This was shared on the #zaurus-fr channel, a perfect gift for those who have trouble typing. Too bad that an entire giant keyboard is not available, too!

https://www.geeksaresexy.net/2017/09/04/pun...actually-works/

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