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Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Linux Kernel 4.4.0
« on: January 24, 2016, 04:12:52 pm »
Quote from: daalnroti
Linux-Fusion :
This module was added because I hope to find some time to get into compiling a DirectFB/SDL environment to run SDL apps without X in a rotated framebuffer.
I will open a new topic for this once I got the first stage done and released.

Seems you've partly answered a question I just asked in another thread but I don't understand why Fusion would be needed " to run SDL apps without X in a rotated framebuffer". I thought we already had that working for SDL1/DFB apps? Maybe its a requirement to get it working for SDL2?

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Sdl With Directfb Packages
« on: January 24, 2016, 04:07:08 pm »
Good news daal!

Do you need fusion to have DFB on one VT and a regular console on another?

What do you want to use DFB Fusion for exactly? The the Z even got enough RAM to run more than one interesting DFB app at once?

If I don't do it tonight I'll try the latest kernel out in the next few days.

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Linux Kernel 4.4.0
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:18:23 pm »
I've still not got round to trying the 4.4.0 kernel yet but I'm happy to hear its working for others.

I did dust off my Z a few days ago to try the USB wifi adapter I bought over xmas for £4. Its marked as a 'BeeWi' but Linux identifies it as a RTL8188SU although it appears the kernel either doesn't have support for this chipset or doesn't autoload the correct module properly as I failed to bring it up although I haven't put much effort in. I do know it is supposed to work with Linux but I think I'm required to build the driver myself as an external module. I'm still running the 4.3 kernel on my Z of course but I expect I'll have similar issues with this device under 4.4. I was also not surprised that it requires being plugged into a powered hub so I'm more interested in seeing the updated libertas code make its way into a usable kernel.

Anyway, I've spent all weekend trying to build a new ALARM armv7 kernel for my BPi to get the onboard audio working so it made me wonder how long it takes daal to build these kernels for the Z? I presume you must use distcc daal but have you ever tried without?

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Archlinuxarm On C3x00
« on: January 06, 2016, 05:14:40 pm »

I hope you've had a good xmas daal and everyone else reading this!? I did eventually see your messages on IRC, daal,  about the new kernels etc! It's good to hear stuff is still happening with ALARMZ! As you all may have guessed I've not been messing with the Z much recently but I did buy a new USB wifi adapter for it on xmas eve that I've still not tried yet. It was only £3 and claimed to support Linux on the box so I figured it was too good not to buy at that price. I expect it won't work without being plugged into a powered hub but even if so it'll still be useful to have. In "computer land" I've mainly been testing the MusE DAW for Linux and the excellent Budgie desktop, which I run under Arch on my laptop now. It's essentially GNOME 3 done properly and much more lightweight! It uses about the same amount of RAM as MATE but with more features like integrated menu search, compositing and better app/desktop preview icons etc and a base that is current with / based upon the latest GNOME 3.

Today was my second day at my new job so that ensures that not only do I now have much less time for messing wth the Z but much less time for (non-work) life in general. At least I won't be sinking into debt any more!

The main reason I decided to post is to notify everyone here that there has recently been some significant work on the Linux libertas wifi driver - a series of 6 patches for the libertas driver has just been posted to the Linux wireless ML. Hopefully these will fix my CF wifi probs under modern kernels. Seeing as 4.4.0 is almost upon us I suspect it may not make it in time for that but hopefully it'll make it into 4.4.1.

Best wishes for 2016!

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Alsa Sound Settings
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:10:49 am »
Anyone who watched my Z vid and managed to understand what I was rambling on about may have noticed my comment on the headphone jack on my C3000. I only have one pair of earphones that have a connector that gives me stereo sound. All my other headphones and audio cables only get one channel.

I'm not sure if I used to get stereo output with the majority of cables and connectors before I took my Z to bits to swap the flash drive or if thats what caused it?

My Z activities have took a backseat recently because I've been engrossed in testing the latest git version of the MusE sequencer/DAW and generally giving its devs a tough time! They love it!

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / X And Window Managers
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:04:13 am »
Have you not had chance to try out daal's suggestions yet Archimark?

Let us know how you get on please!

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Archlinuxarm On C3x00
« on: November 23, 2015, 08:45:10 am »
Sudip Mukherjee via
12:32 PM (2 hours ago)
to Kalle, netdev, linux-wireless, linux-kernel, libertas-dev
We were dereferencing cmd first and checking for NULL later. Lets first
check for NULL.

Signed-off-by: Sudip Mukherjee <>
 drivers/net/wireless/marvell/libertas/cfg.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/libertas/cfg.c b/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/libertas/cfg.c
index 8317afd..e38ad1d 100644
--- a/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/libertas/cfg.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/libertas/cfg.c
@@ -1108,7 +1108,7 @@ static int lbs_associate(struct lbs_private *priv,
        size_t len, resp_ie_len;
        int status;
        int ret;
-       u8 *pos = &(cmd->iebuf[0]);
+       u8 *pos;
        u8 *tmp;

@@ -1117,6 +1117,7 @@ static int lbs_associate(struct lbs_private *priv,
                ret = -ENOMEM;
                goto done;
+       pos = &cmd->iebuf[0];

         * cmd              50 00

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Sdl With Directfb Packages
« on: November 12, 2015, 10:37:32 am »
I've just added some extra info to the intro and cleaned the guide up a bit.

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Sdl With Directfb Packages
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:18:22 am »
Whilst MAME does tend to intermittently experience brief slow downs on some 16 bit games, everything I've tried runs full speed and full screen with sound. Finally - usable MAME and SSH in my pocket!

In almost 20 years as a Linux user,  I have never had to put so much effort into getting a program to run properly (and that includes all sorts of servers and server transitions) so damn right I'm going to do a video to let everyone know what I had to go through to get here!

I'll be back soon to post one...

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Sdl With Directfb Packages
« on: November 10, 2015, 03:49:53 pm »

It's getting a bit pantomime this now isn't it?

I've fixed my keyboard problem - I 'just' had to add:

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To my /etc/directfbrc so I've updated the SDL guide appropriately.

I don't know why that option became auto-enabled the first few times I ran directfb 1.4.16?  

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Sdl With Directfb Packages
« on: November 10, 2015, 02:11:15 pm »

it looks like I celebrated too soon and I'm back to not knowing what is causing the keyboard not to work under directfb because its broke again even though I'm still running the same kernel, sdl and directfb 1.4.16 I was running an hour ago when it was working. Yes, I did remember to add sdl and directfb to the IgnorePkg line before you ask!

Whilst I had my network adapter and cable connected up to my Z, I thought I'd download a few packages. Something I installed today or one of its deps causes keyboard issues with directfb so I may not have needed to rebuild directfb to get the keyboard to work after all although it did still need to be patched anyway to fix the pointer orientation.

Getting really close now at least!

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Alsa Sound Settings
« on: November 10, 2015, 01:47:43 pm »
Install alsa-utils if its not already installed:

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pacman -S alsa-utils
Then run alsamixer and use the arrow keys to find the channels called 'Left Mixer' and 'Left Mixer Right'. Highlight both one at a time and push the 'm' key to unmute each channel. You'll notice the two M's in each channel turn to green zeros to indicate they're unmuted. You can now push ESC (or Cancel on the Z) to quit alsamixer and run:

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alsactl store 0
To save your alsamixer (audio) settings so they will be restored on the next boot.

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Beeswax - Install Issue
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:18:20 pm »
Have you got ncurses installed? That contains curses.h, otherwise you may have to find where curses.h is and add the path to your INCLUDE statements.

pkgfile is your frend for stuff like this.

Well done on finding an app NOT in the AUR!

Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Mame4all
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:12:58 pm »
You can now play MAME4ALL fullscreen if you installl the customised ALARMZ packages for SDL and directfb!

The OP has been updated with the details.


Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / Sdl With Directfb Packages
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:02:50 pm »

I can now run MAME4ALL at QVGA fullscreen with working Zaurus keybord input! 11 years I've waited for this!

I've updated the OP with the required packages, PKGBUILD tarballs and instructions!

Thank's again to daal for the orignal patches!


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