It’s always nice to hear of another success for Linux; Wimbledon serves Linux volley (from BBC News)
Following a pilot project in 2003, the internal computer network at the All-England Club has been converted to the open source operating system.
Mr McMurrugh said IBM had prepared a Pocket Wimbledon for the 60-70 PDAs that will be given to these special guests.
The PDAs, which will be O2’s XDA, will give users access to scores, statistics, biographies and plot their position on an interactive map of the All England Club.
Data will be sent to the PDAs via the wi-fi network installed around Wimbledon for the tournament. Mr McMurrugh said IBM is also trialling the sending of video streams of matches to the handheld computers.
If it all works (and why shouldn’t it after a successful trial last year?) it will be another feather in the cap for IBM and Linux.
Hmmm… I got a couple of new (to me at least) Linux distros today on the cover of a magazine; Morphix 0.3.5 and
EnGarde Secure Linux Community Edition 2.0. I really need to get back to using Linux a little more often. Maybe I should give one of these a try. Morphix is a live CD so it should be a breeze to have a play! Time to give the servers sat under my desk a kick!
Woo Hoo! The kernel finally compiled! The last couple of times it failed, there weren’t any valid reasons. I’m now worrying that the hard disk is failing somehow.
Anyway. I shan’t be doing any more Linux From Scratch until after my Java exam.
More kernel compile problems. This time I get the error
cp: reading 'tlan.o': Input/output error
But this time I can’t find any references on google. 🙁
The file exists in the ./drivers/net/ directory, and I can copy it by hand. Strange. Ah well, I’ll try setting the build off again, now I’ve copied it by hand.
Aha! problem solved.
A quick google search on the error message led me to this patch.
Kernel compilation proceeds…
Oh dear, I still have this error trying to build the kernel.
tridentfb.c:254: #error "Floating point maths. This needs fixing before the driver is safe."
It’s a bit of a pain as I don’t have a trident card. I guess I’ve got a module turned on that I don’t need. I’ll try to find it in the config menu and turn it off.
Boo Hoo! The kernel didn’t compile! 🙁
Woo Hoo! I’ve finally finished chapter 6! So far the only deviations from the book are as follows:
1) I chose not to install reiserfsprogs
2) I enabled MD5 password encoding (from the shadow suite hints page).