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Old 06-08-2006, 04:45 AM   #1
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A schoolwork

I study Elektronics and I need to make a work through the year, most students are building amplfiers, sources but I'd like to make a LINUX server or so, though.. I have no experience with linux, can you guys help me? help me with some links? Is it possible to create a LINUX server, not too hard?
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Not sure if the usual homework rules apply to this (ie we're not supposed to help you) but you need to ask your teacher if this will qualify (and checks it meets the criteria to pass). No idea what part of electronics you are studying but i can't see plugging together a load of components and installing an operating system is enough.

I would imagine that for an electronics course the OS is irrelevant, because that's got nowt to do with electronics. If you were building an electrical device with embedded Linux, that would be different.
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Not sure if the usual homework rules apply to this (ie we're not supposed to help you
Do not think it does. It is about "what idea of project / suggestions/ open source and electronics"

We just need to feed some ideas without leading, and trying to "teach whatever"

I study Elektronics
What level? How many hours? Will the project be marked? What support can you get at school/uni?

I'd like to make a LINUX server
This is no electronics...

If you were building an electrical device with embedded Linux, that would be different.
Had the same idea
Saying that programming devices just using open source could be part of the project for example. I saw a thread where someone struggled to access the ports &/or serial, and was thinking of using wine (some sort of issues, sorry no details)

You might even be able to simulate building an electronic device rather than building it (all with open source)

People mess with wireless router (see WRT54G), a bit of linux in it,
you just need imagination for component to plug to it

Is it possible to create a LINUX server
What do you mean? How do you define a server?
I am not sure we are talking about the same thing.
Yes it is relatively easy. From just raw electronics this would be building
a computer (or so)
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When you say amplifier - do you mean a simple Op-amp out of transistors, etc, or do you mean building a full audio amp to drive some speakers from your walkman?

Does the project involve soldering components together?

If the rest of your class is building amps, then I think maybe something of a similar level would be better.

Can you better explain what you want to achieve, what sort of course you are doing and what you are supposed to learn. For example, if you are learning Ohm's Law and KVL and KCL, then building a computer will not help you.

Old 06-09-2006, 03:23 AM   #5
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Personally I don't think that a Linux box is what you're supposed to build. But your teacher can tell you if it's acceptable.

What is a tool that you will often need in electronics (voltmeter, oscilloscope, logic analyzer ... )
Design/build a small unit with one-or-more AD converters that can be controlled from a PC. That's where your Linux box comes in. It can take readings from the unit, do calculations (RMS, peak, FFT etc etc etc).
It will definitely show that you have knowledge of analog circuits (ie. buffering), analog analysis (calculations) and digital circuits (interfacing).

Other ideas:
  • design/build your own HW MP3 player
  • design/build your own DECSS in hardware (i.e PCI board)
As I don't know your level, I don't know if these are already feasable.
The Linux part in this case can be to write i.e. an app that can upload to your MP3 player or to modify the DECSS source to route the digital video through your DECSS unit.


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