19 Feb 2003 ploppy   » (Master)

No new entry here for quite a while - work work after Christmas has been pretty hectic with all the managers promising to get things to various customers with silly deadlines. Nothing changes.

As a relaxation (nerd that I am), I have started on the code that will form the next release of Squashfs 1.2, which adds off-line append capability to the read-only filesystem. I always intended to add this, but a couple of people and organisations have already asked for it, which is good, as it means I know people will use the additions.

I have always been interested in finding out what is the smallest usable Linux machine for carrying about. To add to my toys, I have bought an Ipaq 3950, which potentially allows you to have Linux in your pocket... I have put familiar and Linux on it, and as expected, it works pretty well for a box to play with, but it is useless as a box for doing any Linux development. This is is because as a standalone system (as opposed to sessions running remotely over IP over PPP & USB) it is useless with only a touchscreen and stylus. The foldable micro keyboard I bought for it, would probably make a more usable system, but the 39xx being a newish machine is only just getting an alpha Linux kernel and drivers. There exists no support for microkeyboards currently, which means I'll probably write one. So, the jury is out, and my 12" iBook is currently the smallest non-toy Linux system I have.

Thanks to all the replies to my post about responding to unhelpful messages about your open source software. As I thought, most of it is common sense, but it is good to get a reality check, and confirm that your common sense reaction is in tune with other people.

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