Monday, July 19, 2010

update unionfs usb flash

Here is the 2GB usb dd image of 8.04.

I will only boot as /dev/sdb1 so don't flash this image onto your ssd. Only onto a usb flash disk.
There is around 750MB of free space on the drive. It will save your changes/installed programs on sdb2.

It's almost the same as the desktop dd image.
I started with 2 partitions the first was about 1gb(sdb1 ro partition). Tthe second was 900mb(sdb2 rw partition) but could of been alot bigger.
Both we're formated to ext3. The boot flag had been set on sdb1.
Since I had the full resquashed dd image installed to my mind, I just copied everything in /boot to sdb1 using "cp -auv /dir/to/copy/* /dest/mount/point/"
Then I installed grub on sdb1.
below done on sdb1
I copied the old initrd.img-2.6.24-22-lpia to initrd.img-2.6.24-22-lpia.bak
I had to decompress the initrd and then edit the script/disk file to remove sda from the list of devices it looks for, and changed it to look for a removable drives instead of non-removable(hard disk).
I then recompressed initrd.img-2.6.24-22-lpia and placed it into the /boot directory.
Then I had to add the kernel option "root=/dev/sdb1" to menu.lst in /boot/grub.
Thats pretty much what went into the usb image. I posted some of the info because it coul be useful to someone else, even though it's a little vague.

8.04.4...update 2

the dd version of the acronis image I posted earlier is posted below for those without acronis

Sunday, July 18, 2010

8.04 updated..1

I managed to merge the ro and rw partitions and then resquashed the rootfs.img.
So now all my changes are part of the ro filesystem. That means that now we have 2.3gb free space.
I'll be posting a acronis .tib image file for now because of requests.
It will be followed shortly by a rared up dd image file.

The acronis image is here:

I haven't tested this one yet. Enjoy!

I tested it. It works as planned. 2.3GB free space afterwards...
a few notes:
-video acceleration is with mplayer, gnome-mplayer, and smplayer. mplayer and gnome-mplayer are set to use the vaapi video output and filter. Smplayer is set to use the x11 video output and the vaapi filter. If your video plays but looks blocky try it in smplayer.

-Totem and Moovida Media Center are installed. They are based on gstreamer 0.10 and are non accelerated. The default folder for media in Moovida is /home/ume/media/ and it's subfolders. I believe fluendo sells hardware codecs for gstreamer 0.10 and the gma500 on LPIA arch.

-Vlc player is installed and not accelerated. It uses the x11 video output and plays decently.

-xvkbd is installed but no link is provided for it. However I did add Run Program icon to the title bar it looks like 3 little gears.

-The green home screen can be activated by pressing the twin horizontal green arrow icon in the titlebar. It can be quit by closing the terminal that opened it. You should note that any programs launched the green home screen will terminate when you exit that terminal.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

ubuntu 8.04 ume lpia netbook-remix

This image is based on a UME 8.04.4 LPIA image built for the Aigo MID device based on the Jax10 platform. I found this on the net a while ago and got around to modifying it to work with the clarion mind and to upgrading the form and function of it.
It's quite possible that this image would work on the Aigo or the Benq s6(may need some utility to turn on wireless).
I offer no support and wish you all luck with this.

Here is the image.

Backup your mind before using this dd image.
As always, if your mind has a breakdown....not my problem.
Use this image at your own risk!

It features:
Working sound
Working wireless
Working touchscreen(no crashes!)
Working 2d psb
Working 3d psb
mplayer-vaapi(hardware acceleration)
libva 0.31
Youtube 480p hardware acceleration
Firefox 3.6(greasemonkey, adblock, downthemall, flashget)
Flash 10.1
and much more....

I haven't tested to see if it will boot from usb yet. My flash drive's connector pretty much died.
There is about 700mb free space on the device after the image is flashed.
The dd image uses unionfs so it should be possible to recompress the rw partition into the ro root partition. I just need to figure it out.

-Suspend/hibernate doesn't work.
-I haven't checked GPS other than setting gpsd to /dev/ttyS1 and checking for output.(I live in an area with VERY spotty gps reception and no cell reception.)
-shutdown and reboot icons are located on the top bar near ther bluetooth icon.
-The icon with the green arrows launches the green home screen, which can be quit by closing the terminal that launches it.
-Hardware accelerated video only in Gnome-Mplayer and mplayer.(use totem or vlc for everything else)
-no headphone output

teaser pics: