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Yes I did however the snapshot of e17 is quite old in those repos. In particular I like how the illume and illume-home profiles are more functional in more recent snapshots. The illume-home updates in svn are perfect for the target tablet. Full screen interface and wonderful keyboard. With the versions in packages.enlightenment.org illume is fairly broken. Your image had these profiles and the live iso worked well on the hardware.
Tried to remaster your iso using ubuntu targeted tools however each time the scripts seem to want to download a great deal of software and bloat up the image before I could get to the customize part. If nothing else I will try a vm and building up an image then run a modified version of your script.
The hardware I am targeting usually comes with 500 meg module on a chip nand flash storage. Mine has a 1gb chip and some old geode hardware is found throughout both the popular models. Many members on my site have upgraded to more storage as 500 is rather tiny. Thats why, in an ideal world, I wanted to get a live image that would load to a ram disk and have all needed drivers included. E.G. penmount pcm9000 serial touch screen, atlas_btns.ko, air_o and the newly released VT6656 driver from Via. I have plenty of space on my desktop and will likely have to make a vm image to remaster.
Last I knew Ubuntu 10.04 would not boot on the older of the tablets I support. Both 9.04 and 9.10 did, at least on the newer of the two. Lenny seems to be lighter weight and has been the distro of choice so far. Especially since it comes with all but the VT6656 driver preloaded and since wicd hit backports. Arch is i686 only last I knew and I have to stick with 486 kernels for the age as well as the 400 and 500 mhz cpu's. I wish Lenny had blueman from blueman-project.org in its repos as both tablets have a nice bluecore 2 bluetooth chip embedded. Tried Slackware 13.0 and newer as well. AlienBob indicated that the atlas_btn input driver would be included in 2.6.29 kernel. However I couldn't seem to get acpi to take on 13 and 13.1 in recognizing the hardware.
I built up a lenny image yesterday with E17 from svn on a 1gb chip by using ReasyE17.sh. It was taking about 540mb with all drivers and after removing the sources man and doc files. 540 megs with build tools and kernel headers that is. Could save about 130 - 150 megs with removing those. My plan was to squashfs to external storage and geniso an image.
Last edited by quotaholic; 08-15-2010 at 08:25 AM.
I will have to check those out. Thanks for the links. Did you use the huge.s or the smp kernel on the mini image? I will look into weather or not the zen kernel has geode support. One of the Slackware packagers indicated that I would have to stay with the huge kernel for geode support.
I did try lXDE as well as matchbox on these tablets. LXDE has its merits and matchbox does as well. Matchbox-keyboard always left me with a lot of xorg errors taking place in the background and I never did figure out how to configure it well. E17 is a great balance of eye-candy and small footprint.
The alternate on screen keyboard is the xvkbd application. It looks like it came from Windows CE. E17 just works much better on the limited 256mb of ram available on the target hardware. That and its smaller memory footprint make it much snappier than the others. Again the illume profile is just perfect for the application with its built in keyboard. Key bindings in the input settings save me a lot of work avoiding xmodmap files with regards to how the tablets external buttons get mapped as well.
Fluxbox runs well on the hardware however the right click to get a menu was kinda hard on a touchscreen based tablet. A half second stationary press in one spot will pass a click action. I remember putting a dock at the bottom of the screen when I was playing with it (a little over a year ago) however I can't remember its name. Thinking on it I may be able to mod the key-grabber to make a menu appear with any left click action as well. Doing round two on a minimal debian e17-svn now. Xorg just would not start last time around and even with no "EE" instances in the Xorg.0.log. After this finishes compiling I will give your Slackware mini image a go.