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ARMed and Dangerous!

Posted 07-08-2010 at 07:51 AM by brianL
Updated 08-10-2010 at 04:13 AM by brianL
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When I first read about the Sheevaplug months ago, I thought it looked like a useful little gadget. Then recently I read this interview with Stuart Winter, and got even more interested. So, without considering the fact that I can't swim, I dived in at the deep end. I've ordered a Sheevaplug, and while I'm waiting for it to arrive, I installed ARMedslack in QEMU. I haven't exactly timed it, but doing a full Slackware install on a HDD takes around 30 minutes, ARMedslack in QEMU took about 7 hours. Stuart does mention it will take a long time in his instructions. Well, I must have done everything right (up to that point), because I could boot up into an XFCE desktop. Then I did something I shouldn't. I edited /etc/inittab to boot into runlevel 4, like I usually do in a "real" install. The result is a black screen with a large white square in the centre. So that's my next task - sort that mess out, and metaphorically kick myself.
Here's a screenshot taken before I messed it up:
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  1. Old Comment
    nice quite a recent kernel you have there.
    I'm greatly interested in all ARM computers, so please post your experience with it when you'll got that device
    BTW do you have any ARM-based netbook/etc? Maybe, planning to have one?
    I'm looking for a nice netbook on ARM, but it's really hard to get one here in Russia, so I'm even begin to getting tired of this endless waiting so I'll probably just order one.
    Posted 07-09-2010 at 01:40 AM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
  2. Old Comment
    I've been googling for ARM based netbooks, and the only one I've found that's the size I'd want (10") is the HP Compaq AirLife 100, but it's only sold in the US. And I read a bad review of it. So it looks like we'll have to wait.
    Here's the ARMedslack homepage, for anyone that's interested:
    Posted 07-09-2010 at 04:01 AM by brianL brianL is offline
    Updated 07-09-2010 at 04:05 AM by brianL
  3. Old Comment
    Maybe this might be better: the Lenovo Skylight. Not available yet, though.
    Posted 07-09-2010 at 07:11 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Hey did you get that plugpc yet?
    Posted 07-24-2010 at 10:12 AM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
  5. Old Comment
    No, still waiting. There's evidently been quite a big demand for them. Shouldn't be long now...I hope, maybe next week sometime.
    Posted 07-24-2010 at 04:28 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Posted 08-09-2010 at 05:13 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  7. Old Comment
    By the way I'm trying to set up ARMed Slack as well
    Though, I'm not NFS user, I'm going to set it up using my local webserver (nginx) on host machine.
    Posted 11-04-2010 at 09:59 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline


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