Posts Tagged ‘linux’


Gentoo 0.0.3

June 11, 2009

Posted by: PlopperZ


We’ve come a long way from where we started. Six months ago, neither viridior or I had any idea of what we were getting ourselves into. Nevertheless, we survived, and in the meantime we’ve created our first truly usable Gentoo release.

If someone could boot it up and play with it and make sure the essentials work (emerge can build new packages, internet works, and so on) we’d be extremely grateful. We want someone to pick through it like the average Gentoo user might, so knowledge of Gentoo would be helpful. If Gentoo experience is lacking, that isn’t a big deal. Simply trying to emerge (install) a package we haven’t already installed or pre-built would be great!

So, whoever wants to try it out can get a copy of the latest release here. Since the latest is 0.0.3, you probably just want to go straight to 0.0.3‘s page. Pandora testers will want to select the plain 0.0.3 “base” variant, while BeagleBoard users might want to use the “base-beagle” variant. Be sure to read the “Install a Pre-built Image” page for installation instructions.

We’re looking for feedback on your entire experience! Was the website easy to use? Where might we improve? How about the image itself? Are there any tweaks we should’ve included? Everything is still under heavy development, so it will be relatively easy to change things now rather than later.

Here’s a big thanks to the testers who use precious time out of their day to test our images! We really appreciate it! smile.gif



PandoraPanic! Linux test build

March 15, 2009
Posted by: gruso

PandoraPanic! ...the community game

Due to popular demand, a WIP build of the ever evolving PandoraPanic! has been released for Linux users. Grab your copy and leave your comments here.

Contributions to the project are still open of course, with coders, musicians and artists all welcome to join in. If you’d like to get involved, jump into the developer discussion and make yourself known.


Galactic Artifact

January 9, 2009

Trevor Bradley has been working on an impressive looking game for the Pandora. He describes it as a noncombat, real time space exploration game. The goal of the game is to find a hidden prize artifact in a galaxy of 40,000,000 stars, which is divided into 10,000,000 sectors of space before your friend does. Sound impossible? Well, apparently it isn’t. You explore the various sections of space looking for different artifacts, then selling them to aliens who will either give you cash to upgrade your ship, or information about the location of the prize artifact. As you collect this information, you rule out large sections of space until you’re left with a small area to easily find the prize.
Currently, he’s trying to clean up the code enough so it’ll run at a decent frame rate on the Pandora, however if he’s unable to he says he might just release it for the PC. Either way, this will be a very cool game!

More pics after the break.

UPDATE: You can now download a pre-alpha binary from here (Windows/Linux)
Note: This is not a complete version, so expect some bugs. Also, Trevor would like to keep this within the community, so don’t redistribute it. Be sure to read his post before you download.


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More Gentoo Updates

January 2, 2009

As mentioned in the previous entry, Viridior has given us a few more Gentoo updates.

He’s posted a list of things they can use from the community to incorporate into future releases.

The list and a couple more details after the break.

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Boot Times

December 31, 2008

Mali posted this on the forums:

Ångstöm boot time:

“Booting from SD takes 8 seconds, booting from NAND(yes, the first NAND-OS version is available) takes 40 seconds with JFFS2 – we will try another file system, looking at the specs it should be possible to boot in 10-12 seconds from NAND” -ED

1. NAND booting time was also slow on OMAP2.
2. Here is a benchmark of beagle board’s NAND…and-read-speeds

EDIT: Fixed link.


Gentoo; USB charging

December 29, 2008

Two small snippets for you.

viridior has posted an update on Gentoo for Pandora.

Great News!

The gentoo.pandora.devs have been able to build enough of an image that we will be able to start exporting it to dev’s with hardware for testing very soon.  Checkout and specifically to see our current base image software list.

This image is ONLY intended for basic functionality and use.  You will be able to add your own software easily by using emerge <software name>.  (We are using pre-compiled binaries)  That means that you can use potentially anything in

We will also have our own custom Gentoo Pandora Portage library for Pandora community projects and custom builds to maintain compatibility with the official distro release(s).

Squidge has confirmed that you can only charge via USB when the Pandora is off – I don’t think this is totally new but it’s worth knowing.

It should be noted however that you will only be able to charge the Pandora via USB when the device is Off. USB doesn’t supply enough power (~500mA) to both charge the battery and power the system at the same time.