OLPC Laptop - an open source substandard ? ( ticket #46 )
agibson at eng.uts.edu.au
Sat Dec 30 22:27:29 EST 2006
> Hi Jim, Hi list,
> Jim Gettys wrote:
>> Unless that investment can be done in parallel, this change translates
>> into delay and cost. Right now, there are only one set of people
>> familiar with the mesh code, working under a tight deadline. We're not
>> about to tell them to delay the overall project by switching horses in
>> So to break the conundrum there also have to be people willing to
>> actually do the work, as the primary firmware team is working on getting
>> us code we can use and deploy.
>> As in the base system BIOS/firmware situation, the right way to look at
>> this is we know the desired/needed end-state, and to take steps toward
>> that state as time and resources permit.
> That's good news.
> Basically you say that you will *support* a parallel development, if
> there are people willing to do a parallel development.
> What's needed to start:
> - a cheap and easy to get development environment:
> Since a BTest-1 Systems is still a hard to get thing...
> In what cheap device, *sold* *worldwide*, is the Marvell Libertas
> 88W8388 chip in a to the Gen1-System compatible manner build in ?
> - Xbox 360 WifiAdapter http://wiki.free60.org/WifiAdapter
> Start at 65 EUR
> Could someone ask Marvell kindly about that please ?
> If we have OLPC Gen1-System compatible development hardware we could
> evaluate the Marvell RTOS alternatives http://ecos.sourceware.org/ and
Its a pity the gumstix.com guys used the 88W8385
as their wifi stix board would have been perfect
(I have a couple on my desk)
There is an olsr package now available in their standard buildroot.
But I don't think they do yet have that opensource driver they mention.
They ran into the same problem with the firmware.
May be worth while for someone to have a chat with them.
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