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Software / Planmaker For Zaurus!
« on: December 16, 2005, 01:34:07 pm »

I just talked to the Softmaker support and they said, if demand would be high enough (i.e. as high as demand for TextMaker) they would port their (IMHO very good) spreadsheet application "PlanMaker" to the Zaurus, too.

So please, anyone who is interested in a PlanMaker for Zaurus version, drop them a line!
Coincidentally, I was thinking about this just the other day.  I even thought about writing them to ask about the possibility of porting PlanMaker.  I ended-up not bothering because I noticed that TextMaker for the Z doesn't support OpenDocument (but it appeared that their desktop version does).  Can anyone confirm this?

I've decided not to purchase any office SW in the future unless it supports ODF.  If they want to port PlanMaker and add ODF support to it and TextMaker, I would be very interested.  (I suppose I should tell them that then...


Linux Issues / Linux Kernel 2.6.14 Breaks Usbnet Xfer From Zaurus
« on: December 02, 2005, 04:25:59 pm »
As promised, these are the config options in FC4, 2.6.12-1.1637:


I think that CONFIG_USB_NET_ZAURUS was the one that Hrw was concerned with and it is there.

Since my last post, Fedora has posted an updated release of 2.6.14 (2.6.14-1.1644).  The announcement only mentions security updates.  I'll install and try it a little later and post my results.


Linux Issues / Linux Kernel 2.6.14 Breaks Usbnet Xfer From Zaurus
« on: December 01, 2005, 11:51:04 am »
You have to select one option more to get usbnet working with Zaurus.
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Fedora has always maintained support for the Zaurus by setting all of the applicable kernel configs, so I'd be surprised if they missed any new ones (although, anything's possible).  I'm running 2.6.12 here at work and it's kernel config includes:


I'll check 2.6.14 later...


Linux Issues / Linux Kernel 2.6.14 Breaks Usbnet Xfer From Zaurus
« on: December 01, 2005, 10:19:26 am »
The problem lies in the usbnet module. Since kernel 2.6.14 the module is split up in several sub-modules. The module needed to talk to your zaurus is now 'cdc_subset' in stead of 'usbnet'. It works perfectly fine after adjusting this.
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A minor point but: If I'm not mistaken, the usbnet split happened in 2.6.11 or earlier.  2.6.11 completely broke usbnet connectivity with C860s (specifically) as a result of these changes.  (This was fixed by 2.6.12.)


Linux Issues / Linux Kernel 2.6.14 Breaks Usbnet Xfer From Zaurus
« on: November 30, 2005, 11:06:54 am »
I've been using 2.6.14 on Gentoo for about 2 weeks now and regularily copy about 500Mb to/from the Z daily using usbnet. I haven't had any problems, but I use scp and ssh rather than samba.

Did yuo roll your own kernel or are you using a stock fedora one? I always roll my own, so maybe the fedora crew left out something that needs to be in there.

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Stock FC4 kernel.  scp (and ftp) failed for me in addition to samba.

It sounds like debian 2.6.14 has the same problem though.  So maybe Gentoo left the offending patch out?


Linux Issues / Linux Kernel 2.6.14 Breaks Usbnet Xfer From Zaurus
« on: November 29, 2005, 11:40:11 am »

I recently discovered that Linux Kernel 2.6.14 breaks usbnet transfers from the Zaurus.

Specifically, I was using 2.6.14-1 from the Fedora Core 4 update server with a C860.

The first problem I noticed was that my connection hung when trying to enter a certain directory using samba (while browsing from my PC).  Some directories worked fine and some hung.

I next noticed that certain file transfers would hang, regardless of the protocol (I tried scp, ftp, and samba).  Some files transferred just fine, others hung.

I eventually determined that any file with a size >= 1458 bytes would hang.  Any file with a size smaller than this transferred just fine.

Additionally, I'm assuming that the directory browsing issue is related to the number of entries in the directory and, therefore, the size of the directory contents transfer.

When I rebooted into kernel 2.6.12, everything worked fine again.

I later determined that kernel 2.6.13 is also fine.

I tried google'ing some kernel activity to try and find the cause and found some interesting stuff but nothing conclusive.  I noticed that the kernel guys are still mucking around with usbnet: they've been engaged in a massive refactoring of that module since at least 2.6.11 (which I earlier discovered completely broke connectivity with the C860).  I noticed one comment regarding the implementation of some sort of "hard mtu" feature which sounded somewhat suspicious to me.  I haven't researched this any further though so it may be a red herring.

The latest stable kernel release is 2.6.14-3 (Fedora's latest is 2.6.14-1) so it's possible it's been fixed in -2 or -3 but I haven't been able to try them and I haven't seen any patch that addresses this issue (but I haven't looked really well yet either).  The ChangeLogs for -2 and -3 don't mention anything that sounds related.

So, if you're a Linux & Zaurus user, I would recommend that you avoid 2.6.14 and try later versions with caution.


Software / I Wanted A 'single Click' Start For Kismet_qt
« on: November 28, 2005, 01:43:15 pm »
One interesting thing though is that when I first set up, and tried, the Kismet network configuration the little light on the card would blink continuously, which I understood to be correct. but now the light comes on and stays on even if there's no network in the vicinity. It still works though.
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I believe the flashing indicates that the channel is changing.  If the light stays steady, you are probably not changing channels and therefore only scanning on one channel.

BTW, did you try just setting the SUID bit on kismet_qt?


Software / Has Anyone Got Kismet-qt To Work Properly?
« on: November 22, 2005, 02:40:00 pm »
kismet_qt 2.0 uses external "card scheme scripts" to control the card (see: /etc/kismet_qt/card_schemes).  You may have to tweak the script or create a new one if your card doesn't use the prism2 driver (which is known to work).

2.0 shipped with a fairly-well-debugged script for prism2 and a second script called "Socket" which I don't know much about (I think it's related to the orinoco driver, IIRC).  I can't confirm that the "Socket" script works correctly.

These card scheme scripts get called at appropriate times with a command and optional arg(s). Commands are:
  • startup requests that the card be turned on in promiscuous mode for kismet.
  • shutdown requests that the card be turned off.
  • hopper_type requests that the script echo what type of channel hopper it uses; the allowed responses are: IWCONFIG (tells kismet_qt to change channels itself using iwconfig); SCRIPT (tells kismet_qt to send 'set_channel' commands to the script), and EXTERNAL (indicates that an external hopper will be used).
  • set_channel asks the script to change the channel; channel number passed as arg #2 (sent only if hopper_type=SCRIPT).
  • start_hopper requests that external hopper be started (sent only if hopper_type=EXTERNAL).
  • stop_hopper requests that external hopper be stopped (sent only if hopper_type=EXTERNAL).
The easiest way to debug these scripts is to echo stuff to a file (e.g. echo "yada yada yada" >> /tmp/myfile).

Good luck and let me know if you have any trouble and I'll try to help (but note that I'm not a wireless expert).


Software / Kde-pim/pi 2.1.0 Available!
« on: November 21, 2005, 12:31:29 pm »
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Yes, it is.

BTW, I wrote a script a while back to simplify the update process.  You can find it attached to [a href=\"]this post[/url].  It will automatically handle uninstalling and reinstalling only the kdepim apps that you had installed.  Use at your own risk but let me know if you have any problems.


Deals and Great Z Buys / Brand new camera card for $14.95
« on: November 07, 2005, 11:35:35 am »
... This thread's been dead for quite a while, but has anyone seen these cards anywhere selling for under $100? ...[div align=\"right\"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a][/div]
How's [a href=\"]$64.71[/url] ?

Froogle is your friend...

I'm not sure they actually have it in stock though; you might want to check on that before ordering, especially seeing as they only have a 2/5 customer rating.


Software / Port Of An Open Source Bejeweled Clone
« on: October 25, 2005, 01:39:01 pm »
I just tried it but apparently I'm missing one of the SDL libs:

I'll have to try again later when I have time to find that lib...


C1000/3x00 General discussions / Spaces In My Ssid...
« on: October 14, 2005, 12:36:17 pm »
This might be a stretch but I wonder if %20 would work...  ?


Accessories / 10/100 Card For Sl-5500?
« on: September 22, 2005, 11:14:51 am »
I have a hawking -- works great.


OESF Announcements / Site Outage On Sept 12 @ ~ 12:30 Pm Pst (gmt+8)
« on: September 14, 2005, 12:44:00 pm »
I've noticed that my imap server (hosted on dreamhost) has also been slow since the outage.  I suspect they're still working out issues.


5x00 Hardware / Compact Flash Wired Ethernet
« on: September 02, 2005, 11:36:56 am »
Glad you got it working.

On the Z, you'll find the basic network stuff under "/etc/pcmcia".  "/etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf" defines the known network cards. The connection stuff managed by the network applet is stored at "/home/zaurus/Applications/Network/modules" (edit at your own risk...


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