Updated Arch Linux for the Pandora

2011-05-31 16:53
I have prepared an updated Arch Linux image for the Pandora. It is more user-friendly than the previous version, as I have preconfigured more things. It also comes with the updated kernel that I had released a while ago.

Major changes since the last version:
  • Updated kernel (with properly working keyboard support)
  • Display brightness control works with the same buttons as used by the Pandora OS
  • The Openbox menu can be opened by pressing the Pandora button
  • The Openbox menu's contents can be easily updated to consider newly installed programs (from the openbox menu under openbox3 select "update menu" to recreate the menu's contents, then "reconfigure" to tell Openbox to use the new configuration)
  • I have included the wicd network manager with its GTK+ interface for easy network configuration
  • Preconfigured touchscreen and nubs
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PlugApps Pandora kernel update

2011-05-03 12:50
As all of you who have tried the PlugApps image for the Pandora have probably noticed, the kernel shipping with that image has a bug causing the keyboard to behave strangely.

I was able to track down the bug to the gpio_keys driver and more precisely to a patch, which introduced that bug. I have reverted that patch and built a new kernel. With the new kernel the keyboard works much better. So I highly recommend to install the new kernel package.

(4.8 MB, md5sum: 478eeab8be42a9edefb830f71dbbd6cd)

To install the new kernel, download the package and then run as root:
# pacman -Uf /path/to/kernel26-pandora-
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Gmu Music Player package for IZ2S

2011-04-14 00:12
deeice from the #zipit irc channel has put together a Gmu package for IZ2S among several other things for IZ2S. So for those of you with uboot-less Zipits running IZ2S, go grab that package!

PlugApps Linux on the Pandora handheld

2011-03-19 17:30
PlugApps is an Arch Linux port for the ARM architecture. Recently I have installed PlugApps Linux on my Zipit Z2. Today I have installed it on my Pandora console.

Arch Linux (PlugApps) on the Pandora console

As it seems that quite a few people are interested in running Arch Linux on the Pandora, I have prepared a ready-to-run rootfs for the Pandora.
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PXA270 overlay patch for MPlayer-1.0rc4

2011-02-27 15:08
I have modified anarsoul's mplayer patch to work with the current MPlayer 1.0rc4. This patch adds support for the PXA27x video overlay which improves video playback performance a lot.

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