Quoting "Robin Humble" <rjh+luv(a)cita.utoronto.ca>
> On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 02:54:05PM +1100, Petros wrote:
>> I bought a ZTE phone with Firefox OS on it (from eBay for ca. $90, still
>> on the way to me),
> I digress, but in general if you just want a small linux computer then
> things like RPi, cubieboard are somewhat easier to get real OS's
> (fedora, ubuntu, etc.) running on. even then, accelerated graphics
> remains problematic. I think all small arm thingies still have binary
> blob graphics, but some have linux/glibc blobs instead of android
> blobs(?). kernel versions are typically frozen because of these blobs.
> lima and freedreno etc. are making progress fast though :)
I understand the "BLOB thing" but should be more or less kernel
related only. (?)
For the purpose of illustration: I am running FreeBSD servers with
multiple jails on it.
I keep the kernel (shared by the jails) for months as longs as there
isn't a security issue.
But the userland of a jail gets refreshed regularly, or I use the
newest userland for new jails.
This userland comes centralised from the FreeBSD project (base system
Well, if there are one/two/many ARMs (my knowledge of this
architecture is pretty blury still).. in general you can compile or
cross-compile if you need to, so that should be possible for ARM
devices too (as said userland) (btw. that should give Gentoo some
advantage - it is built to be upgraded from source?)
This userland based on open source creates a more or less trustworthy
system so I know what the computer is doing.
And it gives me a useful collection of software so I don't have the
feeling "I miss out" because of some manufacturer software which is
needed to have it working properly.
It is not for me only, it is for "average Joe" who can download, use
and upgrade a Debian/Fedora.. for its desktop.
As said, I am not talking about upgrading the kernel, being able to
upgrade the userland would be a mighty helpful step.
Is this achievable?
Thanks for the answers. It is quite helpful. I don't think I have
enough knowledge and time to port a whole OS to a new device so I am
more interested in a kind of "distribution". But I am still interested
to know how it works, to tweak it for my own purposes etc.
Quoting "Brian May" <brian(a)microcomaustralia.com.au>
> On 27 November 2013 14:54, Petros < Petros.Listig(a)fdrive.com.au > wrote:
>> I bought a ZTE phone with Firefox on it (from eBay for ca. $90, still
>> on the way to me),
> Do you mean a ZTE phone running Firefox OS? Or a ZTE phone running
> Android, with Firefox as an app?
Apologies for not being more precise. I mean Firefox OS.
> If you are referring to Firefox OS, have you seen the Firefox OS
> e.g.: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox_OS/Platform/Architecture
Yes. It gives me a bit of a picture.
Still, I could not find the source code yet, and I don't know how many
binary BLOBs will be on the ZTE phone.
It also does not give me an idea what I can expect in regards of upgrading.
IMHO, one of the pitfalls of Androids and others is to rely on the
manufacturer to upgrade a system.
If it's "magically patched" there isn't a way to deal with this properly.
A central repository would be good, as we have for Linux and *BSD distros.
But any insight of the project would be welcome.
I am struggling to correctly define a search for a tool to help me list
the software in my two machines, desktop and notebook, both running SUSE
12.3. As a consequence Google has been of no help.
My two computers have different video handling set ups. desktop needs
VLC to handle flash and avi files - nothing else works, whereas my
notebook needs GnomeMPlayer only for the same tasks (VLC is useless)
both machines are 64bit.
I will soon be upgrading to SUSE 13.1 and I would like to have a
consistent inventory in each machine.
Apart from that, video in SUSE is hard to set up (go figure), so I would
like to pre-specify the package list.
Has anyone successfully re-purposed a telstra T-Box? I have a client who
previously had the T-Box under BigPond, but with the change to Telstra
business broadband she has now discovered that her T-Box will no longer
work as it did. I thought that it might still access the bigPond movies
site but the downloads would be metered. It seems though that she can no
longer use it to record Free to Air channels. Any ideas, any experience in
Quoting "Julien Goodwin" <jgoodwin(a)studio442.com.au>
> On 25/11/13 17:45, Petros wrote:
>> I have a new ADSL connection for our office, and a new firewall behind it.
>> I pointed a proxy server (squid) to it, and.. it works most of the time.
>> Just a few websites don't seem to like it. E.g.:
>> 1385361294.211 18410 192.168.50.199 TCP_MISS/502 1217 GET
>> http://www.zeit.de/index - DIRECT/184.108.40.206 text/html
>> There are a few sites that don't work, most of the time it is a 502,
>> occasionally a 504.
>> I suspected the new firewall but cannot see any related packets
>> dropped (and logged) there.
> Check that you haven't disabled the "forwarded for" setting in squid.
Thanks, I will keep that in mind.
However, the same config works on the ADSL line in production.
I stripped back the whole network just to have my own PC directly on
it. MTU to 1492, 100MBit/s full duplex to the NetComm NB9WAXXTLAN
modem, no proxy or so - still the problem exists.
Weird that only some worksites don't work.. it's a bit how a friend
living over in China describes it - randomly some stuff is blocked. I
hope we are not there yet..
Well, at the end I lodged a fault at the ISP. Will see what comes out of it.
Sadly I did not catch the problem last weekend when installing. It
frustrated people Monday morning so I moved back to the old line.
Quoting "Brian May" <brian(a)microcomaustralia.com.au>
> On 26 November 2013 11:10, Petros < Petros.Listig(a)fdrive.com.au > wrote:
> Do they have a transparent proxy? If so, their proxy might be
> returning the 502/504 errors, not you.
I should detect it when I do a "traceroute -P tcp -p 80 www.zeit.de"
(sending port 80 packets)?
The packets seem to go the same way as ICMP echos ("traceroute -I"),
leaving Australia.. so I don't think so. (?)
If I have two transactions in two different sessions that execute a "INSERT
INTO ..." of the same primary key into the one table, one session will wait
for the other session to complete before being allowed to resume.
Something like this obviously has to happen, Mysql has no idea of the first
transaction is going to complete with "rollback" or "commit" and as such
can't tell if the second INSERT should fail or not (conflicting primary
It didn't match my limited understanding of how SQL transactions work
however, and I would be interested to more about why the second process is
blocked, and what the scope is for this block, etc. Anyone have any good
The only thing I can find about transactions is that they are atomic, but
nothing about transactions causing other processes to block.
Is this the same for other non-mysql databases?
Brian May <brian(a)microcomaustralia.com.au>
I have a new ADSL connection for our office, and a new firewall behind it.
I pointed a proxy server (squid) to it, and.. it works most of the time.
Just a few websites don't seem to like it. E.g.:
1385361294.211 18410 192.168.50.199 TCP_MISS/502 1217 GET
http://www.zeit.de/index - DIRECT/220.127.116.11 text/html
There are a few sites that don't work, most of the time it is a 502,
occasionally a 504.
I suspected the new firewall but cannot see any related packets
dropped (and logged) there.
Thanks for any ideas
I need a wifi card for my desktop computer.
I'm looking for either a free one or recommendations for one to buy. I'd
like any recommendations to be cheap, money is tight at the moment.
I can pick it up at the next meeting.
Or you could get a usb device also around $40 and more portable between machines.
-------- Original message --------
From: Jason White <jason(a)jasonjgw.net>
Date: 23/11/2013 10:17 (GMT+10:00)
Subject: Re: wifi card
Bianca Gibson <bianca.rachel.gibson(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I need a wifi card for my desktop computer.
> I'm looking for either a free one or recommendations for one to buy. I'd
> like any recommendations to be cheap, money is tight at the moment.
If you have a PCI-Express slot available, you could buy a TP-LINK TL-WDN4800.
I have one of these in my desktop machine, which I'm using as an access point
with hostapd. $45 from msy.com.au as I recall.
80:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR93xx Wireless Network Adapter
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