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Just curious as too the status of ARMSlack on the Pi?
Hopefully it's almost boring
If you have any problems with the current installer image, please let me know. (In particular I might have optimised the disk partitions a bit too much.)
Slackware ARM: -current is progressing very smoothly, drmozes will be giving us a Slackware 14 that'll be just like all the other Slackware 14s. The official XFCE 4.10 etc is on its way. I'll build a Pi-specific LXDE shortly thereafter for people to experiment with.
Upstream Pi stuff: The official kernel is stuck on a heavily patched 3.1.9, but it has had a vast amount of driver fixes and is quite stable; I'm producing new kernel packages whenever I see significant improvements upstream. I might also produce a build of bootc's 3.2 kernel as an alternative. Accelerated X is being worked on but won't be done for quite a long time. Progress on U-Boot has stalled, so booting is still 'special', but it works. Whenever other distros have good ideas, I plagiarise
Given that you have a very nice site set up for quick reference, may I suggest that you add the steps to enable sound output?
Everywhere it is mentioned as being in alpha status, however it works just fine in my experience. Aaaand it would be very nice to have the instructions at hand just in case I happen to break my OS "by accident" and have to re-image the Pi
Everywhere it is mentioned as being in alpha status, however it works just fine in my experience
Do you get any noise while playing music? I'm using the sorinm 23/05 image with dave's 1/08 kernel/modules. After loading snd-bcm2835 module alsamixer shows one device, PCM, and there is no volume adjustment worth mentioning although this is not a problem if feed is to something else with amplifier capacity. However, while playing mp3's movement/clicking mouse causes crackling noises the amount of which vary. Of the three aps tried audacious is the worst, mplayer in the middle and xmms the least and almost bearable. Also a heavy load may cause playback to falter but this might be caused be by using a different start.elf.
Edit: I'm overclocked and have used both arm128 and arm192 for start.elf with no difference. I still had static when running midori while playing an mp3, tried firefox but same thing so perhaps it is not a memory issue. In any case I think in the long term I'll compile NetSurf to use as a browser on my pi. It seems to have been developed for small devices so probably a better choice anyway.
Last edited by justwantin; 08-06-2012 at 10:39 PM.
Reason: more info
Think other experimenters would like to know about this accessory for RPi. I really like the specs for this new board from a experimenters perspective. Plus the tools are useful;
The Gertboard™ is an add-on board that extends the use of Raspberry Pi to devices in the real world, including motor/lamp control, and the sensing of voltages and currents. It also contains a host micro that can be programmed with code written and compiled for it, on the Raspberry Pi. The Gertboard™ Kit contains the bareboard PCB and electronic components that allow you to self assemble your own Gertboard™. Kit Includes: Gertboard™ bareboard PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Electronic components for self assembly onto the Gertboard™ PCB Components including: Buttons, LEDs, ADCs, DACs, Motor Controller and Atmel AVR Microcontroller Technical Resources:
Gertboard™ Assembly Manual
Gertboard™ User Manual
Gertboard™ Tar File—20 test programs and design examples that validate your Gertboard so you can start controlling it from your Raspberry Pi
Not in production at this point but you can reserve a unit. I do plan on getting this board. Why re-invent the wheel. My workbench setup is being designed from an educator's perspective since the intent of the RPi was education. And I do feel we need to peek some interest in more technical oriented programs for our youth. Big plus, get Slackware into youthful hands to show what can be done from an individual perspective instead of herd minded.
I am still getting the parts for my workbench to complete the RPi assembly. Hopefully in the next week I can start installing ARMedSlack to get things moving.
Dell Laptop(one of my old Mod Laptops) will be the service bench system for builds, experimentation and also use with qemu install. I do have a good x86 toolbox experimenter/engineering tools that were developed for a SBC that will be useful for the RPi experimenters bench once polished, retrofit and converted. I want to keep everything 'KISS' for entry/intermediate levels.
Distribution: slackware 13.1,13.37,14.0,14.1,14.2 64 and 32bit and arm
hi 55020. Is there any chance of a source kernel package for your latest raspberrypi installer (raspi-slack-installer_01Aug12.img.xz) I'm trying to get a mcp79410 rtc working with the kernel and need the source (3.1.9-20120801) to do so, not the (older 220.127.116.11) which came with armedslack-13.37. (the 2.6.38 source creates incompatible modules for the 3.1.9 kernel).
I wouldn't mind building with the latest kernel 3.6rc1 if I had the patches/blobs etc, especially as the 3.1.9 source is not at kernel.org any more.
Last edited by timsoft; 08-12-2012 at 07:02 AM.
I have rc-1 xfce-4.10 up and running on my pi with update and install-new via slackpkg. Install is using 55020's 1 August kernel/modules/hacks/etc. So far so good. one problem is no auto mounting of external usb drive but this may be a configuration issue, dunno yet. Its almost time to learn how to cross compile a few things.