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1  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: Dear Friends please reply to my Linux questions!! on: May 24, 2010, 05:20:50 PM
I'm about 1/2 tempted to answer 42!  But here are my thoughts:

Fedora Core is a great mainstream distro.  On the ARM platform however, they provide a root file system, and leave you on your own to build a kernel to hitch it up to.  If you aren't already strong on Linux, don't bother.  There aren't a lot of packages available for it yet either.  Oh, and if you want graphics (more important to the OpenRD than SheevaPlug) then you'll have to add those packages after the fact.
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Architectures/ARM

Ubuntu is a great distro (built on Debian) but as of version 9.4 they quit supporting the ArmV5 processor in the Kirkwood platform (Sheevaplug, GuruPlug, OpenRD).  If you use Gumstix they run ArmV7 so you're still in.
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/arm

Angstrom Linux is pretty slick.  They have an on-line builder, so you can choose the packages you want.  They have good kernel support as well.  There are fewer packages than some of the other distros, but they're still good.
http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/

Debian Lenny - Deiban Lenny is the longer term supported version of Debian Linux.  It's solid, but Squeeze has more packages, and I've not had any problems with it crashing on me.  On the OpenRD-Client (the big brother of Sheeva/Guru Plug) I run a custom kernel put together by Frans Meulenbroeks http://james.99k.org/openrd.html which includes all the drivers for video and sound on the OpenRD (it's not mainstream yet).  He's done a much better job with it than I've been able to do on my own, and I've had really good luck with it.  At any rate, Squeeze seems as solid as Lenny to me, so I'm sticking with it.

SuSE: You're out of luck, they don't support ARM.
CentOS: Same
Gentoo: You have to compile it yourself anyway so it's not exactly plug and play http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-arm.xml


That's my two cents...
2  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: Which Debian distro: Lenny or squeeze? on: May 20, 2010, 07:00:21 AM
I'm currently running squeeze with a custom kernel on an OpenRD-Client (necessary because the standard kernel doesn't support sound and video under squeeze).  I like the fact that squeeze has a LOT of packages available to it.

Once you put squeeze on the GuruPlug, did you have any trouble with the module & shell script that enable wireless?  I'd like my GuruPlug to route between my wired and wireless networks as well as the outside world.
3  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: Remote access over NAT and firewall on: May 10, 2010, 01:12:50 PM
I have an OpenRD-Client (SheevaPlug/GuruPlug's bigger brother) that operates as my firewall at home.  Because the firewall here at work doesn't allow port 22 outbound, I simply moved the service to port tcp/443) which everyone allows.  That gives me full command line access to the device.  If you set up you SSH server correctly, you can even pass X over the link and run GUI applications from your linux box remotely.

If you're looking for more traditional VPN, google for OpenSWAN.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Guruplug Display on: May 06, 2010, 01:43:42 PM
Dispite the big red letters, the GuruPlug Display

http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-33-guruplug-display.aspx

Still isn't available for order.  Has anyone heard rumors of when we might actually see the device and what it's capabilities will be?  I currently have a box running as a PVR, and I'm doubtful that the GuruPlug display will be able to replace it.  But then again, I'd love to get a chance to try.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Boycott Global Scale Technologies on: October 20, 2009, 06:30:12 AM
My Sheevaplug took about two months to arrive.  They never returned any of my E-mail, but I was able to catch them on the phone for new ETA's on the product.  Can I say I'm thrilled with them.  Absolutely not!  But they didn't take my money and run either.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Post your working SD cards here! on: September 01, 2009, 08:03:24 AM
I'm using a SanDisk Ultra II 2.0GB (the kind that flips open with a USB connector).  The SheevaPlug reads it just fine in the SDIO slot and USB.
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