This is a short one, as it’s way past my bedtime as I write this. I’ve been quiet lately; non-existent on IRC and IM channels, and not a lot of activity.
I’ve been doing a lot of work out at Laidley earning an income, and thus Gentoo has taken a bit of a back seat. Particularly with stagebuilds, which I’ve been meaning to get back onto for a long time. Some of the things I’ve been chasing in the background include:
- Chasing some odd Qt-related bugs that cause an in-house developed app to crash (one bug is a Bus error when calling QPointF::setX on a valid QPointF object, another crashes Qwt)
- Some issues with KDE 4.3, particularly libkjs which appears broken
- Mozilla products; and their severe instability
- GNU Insight. 6.8 doesn’t work with present X, 6.8-1 lacks an ebuild, and doesn’t respect make install DESTDIR=/foo (Lord knows how binary packages are made of it?!)
- GNU Toolchain and dev tools for Luminary Micro Stellaris LM3S8962 and friends… we use this controller at work, CodeSourcery’s toolchain was fun-and-games to compile on mipsel, as was figuring out openocd, but my Yeeloong is now my primary workstation for this development.
- Chasing up packages needed to build newer stages
In the midst of this, a recent storm blew up some equipment in our house, namely a D-Link DSL-504 ADSL router (shall be missed; was a good router but now Ethernet on it is cooked), one 10/100Mbps ethernet switch (cheap 8-port Netgear), and worst of all… a Yaesu FT-897D transceiver (cooked 3 diodes in the power circuits, the microphone preamp and a DDS chip… a write-off). The latter I had hoped to hook up to some of the MIPS boxes, and get hamlib going. The SGI O2 has working sound on Linux these days, and would possibly make a decent PSK31 station.
Luckily, the Lemote Fulong that resides in my room, got spared from that storm. Both Fulongs are capable of running from 12V… and I suspect the ground-strike came up through the mains. Thus, I’ve already purchased a solar panel & regulator, and have two ex-Telstra 6V 110Ah batteries to power the radios with — they can also theoretically power the Fulongs and an Ethernet switch if I expand the panels up a bit in the future. So hopefully no further issues, not sure how many Gentoo dev boxes are solar-powered at present, but this is an option I’m considering.
I’m unlikely to be back on IRC, as I don’t have the time to check it these days with my long commutes. That said, there is email; and I will see emails sent directly to me… I don’t always get a chance to delve into the mail folders that hold list messages.
Out of curiosity how painful was it to build the codesourcery stuff for you? I’m currently about to start working on it for ARM (Genesi Efika MX and eventually the smartbook edition) just curious if you had ebuilds made or are they too arch specific to really be useful?