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Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Quake1 On Oz w/ GPE
« on: May 06, 2005, 12:09:36 pm »

Has been added to OE, I just want to see that it works.

This is for X11 - that means GPE. It might on Opie work via XQt, I've no idea (but it uses SDL, so there will be lots of additional libs required).

This is for the PXA machines only atm (as that's the way my build system is set up). I'm trying to get hold of an ARM4 build (it'll take a long while to rebuild myself).

Let me know if it works, etc.



Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Bluetooth On 3.5.3
« on: April 15, 2005, 05:26:34 pm »
Well Hrw should soon have a BT card, so I may as well start bringing up a few questions/problems ;-)

1) No /dev/rfcomm* devices on my C7x0 (GPE - 2.4.18) - should these have been produced by something?

They can be made using:
mknod /dev/rfcomm0 216 0
mknod /dev/rfcomm1 216 1
and so on.

2) Where does one find the bnep.o module? - does one need it (I presume so - I've seen lots of references too it).

3) No /etc/bluetooth/givepin script - is this needed?


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / 3.5.3 Upgrades
« on: April 15, 2005, 05:34:21 am »
Requests for packages which are in OE and need to be upgraded and added to the (upgrades) feed.

Few rules:
1. package MUST already exist in OpenEmbedded
2. it has to be package - we won't build whole OPIE

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Openzaurus 3.5.3
« on: April 13, 2005, 10:27:51 am »
Release notes:


On behalf of the OpenEmbedded, OpenZaurus, Opie and GPE teams, I am proud to present to you the
third OpenZaurus release based on the BitBake build system and the OpenEmbedded metadata repository.

The highlights of this release are:

  o Linux Kernel 2.6.11 for Opie and Bootstrap images for C7x0
  o Updated many packages, and greater package selection
  o Changed ipkg destinations:
        Packages are now installed into a 'packages' subdirectory on external
        media. /etc/ipkg.conf can be altered if this behaviour is not desired
  o ipkg-link now reads /etc/ipkg.conf:
        No longer a need to edit ipkg-link when destination paths are changed
        in /etc/ipkg.conf
  o Corrected error in c7x0 fstab:
        Booting on a c7x0 with an SD or MMC card inserted should work correctly
  o Various corrections to keymaps for all machines have been made:
        More keys should function correctly
  o Suspend/resume issues on collie when using GPE have been fixed:
        collie now resumes correctly after suspending via the On/Off button
  o Improved SD and MMC card mounting:
        Cards with multiple partitions are supported and should mount
  o Improved boot process:
        Less unintelligible messages during startup
  o oz-compat has been renamed to sharp-compat-libs
  o Many more improvements specifically in C7x0 and SL6000 support in Opie and GPE,
    see and for details

This release supports the following Sharp Zaurus models:


C3000 and C1000 support is under construction and scheduled for OpenZaurus 3.5.4. You can help to speed it up
by donating money and/or devices to our developers. Compare to other open source projects we receive
very few donations although we spend a lot of precious spare time and deliver a lot of good work. So if you
are regularly using OpenZaurus, consider to donate and visit

See for an overwhelming list of changes since OpenZaurus 3.5.2.
See for important notes _before_ you install OpenZaurus
See for
Installation instructions.

More information about the overall project status and roadmap can be found in the next edition of the
OOO Newsletter coming in May 2005.


Michael 'Mickey' Lauer
OpenZaurus ReleaseMeister


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Usb Connection Howto
« on: April 07, 2005, 10:03:30 am »
Another pinned topic :-)

Let's nail setting up USB connections between a Z and a PC (running WinXP or Linux), which is a basic thing which ought to be documented (and which comes up from time to time).

What we need is:
* Your Z (hardware, OZ version, kernel version)
* Your PC OS (including kernel version/service pack/etc.)
* Where you got the drivers from (if needed)
* What changes you made on the PC (if any, mainly for Linux)
* What changes you made on your Z (if any)



P.S. I know there are already HowTos in the ZUG HowTos area, however these generally apply to Sharp ROMs (and although there may not be many differences, there are enough).

By all means, lift the info from there if it works, it'll go back in there once this is all sorted.

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Syncing - Effort To Create A Definitive Doc
« on: April 07, 2005, 07:55:57 am »
I keep seeing posts about trying to sync with OZ, I know nothing about sync'ing as it's not something I've done for a long, long, long time.

I'd like to create a doc which lists the options and drawbacks of the various methods.

I wonder if those of you who do, or who have tried and failed to varying degrees could post to say what does & doesn't work. Please include - your PC OS, your OZ version (& settings in the security applet if applicable), connection method, the sync software (with an URL might be nice ;-)), what does & doesn't work in the sync process, etc.

Many thanks,


Off Topic forum / Name At Bottom Of Topic In Italic
« on: March 27, 2005, 05:54:03 pm »
I'd never noticed this until about 2 min ago, but if you visit a topic that someone is writing a reply too (I presume this is what was happening - I'd initially thought that it might indicate it was that person's birthday today), their name appears in italics at the bottom (whereas all the other viewers appear in normal font). Very snazzy (fairly useless mind you as I tend to open all of the unread pages on the site in one go then go through one by one - all praise firefox and tabbed browsing! - if it could push the status that might be better).

It also took until today for me to work out how to see which topics I'd replied too (little white thing on the corner of the icon).

Perhaps the holiday has un-adled my brain; then again, perhaps going out too much has in fact made it worse and I'm just seeing things :-).


Open Embedded / Getting Started
« on: March 10, 2005, 05:01:14 am »
If you're new to bb/oe development then there's a nice set of instructions to follow in the wiki to get you up and running and compiling your first application:

Please do make sure you have the required software (linked from the GettingStarted page) -


Open Embedded / Other Points Of Contact
« on: March 10, 2005, 04:56:13 am »
Bug reports: login: guest, password: guest

Mailing list:

The OpenEmbedded mailing list is hosted at

Mailing Address:

To subscribe send and mail to with "subscribe" in the subject line or use the web subscription form at

    * Zaurus specific questions may be more appropriate on web subscription form at

    * SIMpad specific questions may be more appropriate on web subscription form at

    * Ipaq specific questions may be more appropriate on or web subscription forms at and



    * #oe - for discussions relating to the building and testing of Open Embedded and for debugging of the building of distributions with OE. If you need help with a distribution based on OE or a GUI environment shipped with OE, then PLEASE go to one or more of the following channels instead
    * #openzaurus - for discussions relating to OpenZaurus distribution.
    * #familiar - for discussions relating to Familiar distribution.
    * #gpe - for discussions relating to the GPE handheld environment(GTK/X).
    * #opie - for discussions relating to the Opie handheld environment(QT).

There is also ibot, which gathers various information from the channels. Poke around. Channel-Logs Conversation in those channels can be reviewed at:


Other details here:

Open Embedded / Welcome!
« on: March 10, 2005, 04:51:05 am »
Hi everyone,

Offroadgeek has kindly set up this forum to allow those unfamiliar with the bitbake (bb) and openembedded (oe) to ask basic questions and basically get started easily.

The web site is obviously the main source of information about the use and application of the bb & oe tools, but I/we aim to help out here with the goal of having these people go and document their problems and the solutions in the wiki

A quick description of what bb/oe actually is and can do from the web site:

For Non-Developers

OpenEmbedded is a full-featured development environment allowing users to target a wide variety of devices. Supporting multiple build, release paths and configurations, OpenEmbedded extends the capabilities of your build and release engineers. OpenEmbedded uses compilation and configuration caching at most levels to increase developer productivity.
For Developers

OpenEmbedded is a tool which allows developers to create a fully usable Linux base for various embedded systems. It has been designed to be able to handle different hardware architectures, support multiple releases for those architectures, and utilize tools for speeding up the process of recreating the base after changes have been made. Currently it can run on any Linux distribution, and plans are in place to allow it to work under Windows.

OpenEmbedded is the successor of the great OpenZaurus project. Basically OpenEmbedded is a build system that can generate (cross-compile) Software packages for embedded targets. This may include Bootloader, Linux and Applications. It started as a dream and BrainStorming, on how this could be done, and it's already used in real life.


Off Topic forum / Winxp Explorer Search Doesn't Actually Search?
« on: March 09, 2005, 05:40:55 pm »
Running WinXP sp2 (for my sins ;-).

I have a load of MATLAB source files (extension .m - associated with the MATLAB editor app) which the explorer search function/button/app seems complete unable to search.

I'm trying to search within the files (they are just text files which notepad is quite happy to open) for a given string, but the Explorer search function doesn't find anything within the files.

Anyone have any ideas (either for why this doesn't work or for an alternative app which will actually work)?



Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Mplayer And Video
« on: March 02, 2005, 04:27:45 pm »
The words dead, horse and beating come to mind (due to the number of threads about mplayer of late). Nevertheless...

Whenever I play an AVI file it appears in fullscreen mode (is this the norm?) - this tends to skew things out of their natural aspect ratio. Unfortunately mplayer doesn't seem to obey the size info contained in the .avi files I'm trying to watch (and it doesn't like changing mode while playing). Any ideas how to make it obey the aspect ratio/not play full screen and indeed does anyone know why it defaults to fullscreen mode?



P.S. Is ac3 supported (I have some soundless DVD rips)? I think I may have to remove the ac=mad from the config file; is there a way to override this, or to just make this true for mp3 files?

Off Topic forum / Can Usb2 Hub Plug Into Usb1.1 Host?
« on: March 02, 2005, 01:47:12 pm »
Basically do I need a USB1.1 hub to plug into my (usb1.1) Ratoc card (same would presumably go for those with a sl6000 or c3000), or will a USB2.0 hub work (obviously not at full speed)?



Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Ratoc Cf Host Card Working With Oz
« on: February 11, 2005, 07:17:19 am »
Just in case anyone was wondering, the card works fine.

cfu1-driver is in OE now, still need to officially add a new defconfig and patch to allow usbcore.o to build.

Anyone else out there with one of these? Perferably with a different machine (I have a shepherd - C750 and a Collie - 5500) for testing?


OpenZaurus/Opie/Qtopia / Oe/bb Via Windows...
« on: January 28, 2005, 05:31:50 am »
I feel the need to get back up to date with OE/BB. My 'net connected computer is WinXP.

My understanding is that I can use a Windows subversion client to download BB itself - are there any problems with case sensitivity if I do this (actually I'm using NTFS so this may not be a problem at all)? OE still requires Bitkeeper(?), are the snapshots up and running again?

Next stage is getting hold of the sources, I don't suppose anyone has written a script to parse the .bb files and wget everything. I know this can be done with bb itself, but I want it to run on WinXP so I was thinking something a little more lightweight (so I can just run it in cygwin for example).

Otherwise I'll write a VB app to do the job and grab the whole lot (BTW how much space is required for all of the sources?).

Another thought I had, was that a live Cd would be useful (as my uni computer is far faster and has far more RAM than my current dev machine). Could someone point me in the right direction (of a decent version) and I'll have a look at how one of these should be modified and constructed.



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