Debian "Andromeda"

Customized Debian armel Distribution for Zaurus

I. Introduction

The purpose of this distribution is to make a light and easy-to-use debian distribution for Sharp Zaurus. This is based on Debian eabi unstable version.

II. Features

- Korean environment
   . Edit .xinitrc to change to en_US.UTF-8.
- X-window fully set up (xfbdev)
- lxp-icewm[1], which is a fork of icewm, with a large number of the patches.
- background auto changing when zaurus is swiveled.
- Fn+click = mouse middle click, Shift+click = mouse right click
- Dual boot environment
- Multimedia (mplayer, mpd+gmpc+ncmpc, streo output)
- auto (un)mount of the removable disk (sd, cf card)
- short keys to control sound volume, brightness, fullscreen, maximize, minimize, screencapture.
- installed wpasupplican , wireless-tools

III. Applications

- file manager: rox
- text editor: leafpad
- text reader: justreader
- dictionary: zbedic, stardict
- multimedia: mplayer, mpd
- browsers: dillo, icehamster
- pims: osmo
- note-taking: xounal
- graphic: gpicview
- game: sudoku
- etc: mc, ecalc, etimedate, sakura, xvkbd, feh, and so on

IV. Download and Installation

i) Download

(Thanks to matthis for hosting the file)

1. Slow but big server: I will be able to leave the file there for a very long time.

2. Small but fast server: grab it from here until it lasts!

ii) Installation

- Download the file, '
- Unrar it on CF or SD card. Five files should be there: zImage-debian.bin, modules-debian.tgz, rootfs-debian.tgz gnu-tar and
- Partition the disk which you want to install Andromeda on.
- Flash it. It takes a long time to untar the rootfs.
- Reboot: login = root, no password
- After auto reboot, untar the modules:

cd /
tar zxvf /where/to/modules-debian.tgz

- Reboot again
- startx to run xwindow

V. Settings

- Edit /etc/apt/source.list. Add the repository which is close to your place. For example, if you are in Korea,

deb unstable main

  - edit /etc/network/interface

Background image
  - To chage background, modify 'bg_potrait' and 'bg_landscape' in ~/.config.

  - Andromeda uses MPD+gmpc+ncmpc as music player. In order to play musics, the directories which have mp3 files should link to ~/music, and then update the music database.

mpd --create-database

Dual boot
Sharp rom: put the kernel, sharp-zImage.bin, in /boot
  - pdaXrom: put the kernel, pdax_zImage.bin, in /boot

For C1000
- Modify /etc/rc.local
swapon /dev/hda3

- Edit /etc/auto.removable. remove 'codepage=949,iocharset=utf8' and edit to hda1.

cf -fstype=vfat,rw,gid=100,umask=002,codepage=949,iocharset=utf8 :/dev/hda1
card -fstype=vfat,rw,gid=100,umask=002,codepage=949,iocharset=utf8 :/dev/mmcblk0p1

- Modify /etc/fstab

hdc1 -> hda1

VI. Short cuts

. Fn+3 : bright down
. Fn+4 : bright up
. Fn+9 : volume up
. Fn+0 : volume down
. Fn+c : screen shot (save the file in ~/Documents/shots)
. Alt+1 : minimize
. Alt+2 : maximaze
. Alt+0 : Full screen
. Ctrl+Alt+t : sakura
. Ctrl+Alt+e : leafpad
. Ctrl+Alt+m : icehamster
. Ctrl+Alt+b : dillo
. Ctrl+9 : Change the Hnagul to Hanja



Posted by yonggun

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  1. Glaive 2008.05.30 15:14  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    Wow! Thanks for this great new addition to the debian zaurus family! Installing it right now, seems like it's great! Would it be possible to compile the next kernel with enabled prism flashing features. Just enable PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT and PRISM2_NON_VOLATILE_DOWNLOAD in the driver/modules/hostap_config.h Keep up the good work!

    Best Regards,

  2. p0c 2008.06.19 02:48  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    Pfff slow download =P I will host these on my 100mbit server when I'm finished downloading, and the installation succeeds on my C3200 =)


  3. Edwinson 2008.06.26 22:43  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    thnx for ur sharing...
    I'm new to zaurus and linux...
    would u teach me how to change language from Korea to English, even Chinese...
    thnx again...

  4. san 2008.06.26 23:25  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    용군님의 수고 무한히 감사합니다!

  5. abumo 2008.06.27 08:05  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    can you provide the kernel config file for rebuild?

  6. AlexTe 2008.07.03 07:07  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    Tested ok on C1000 - Thanks for making this distribution along with detailed instructions available.

    @Glaive: I managed to get wifi working by installing hostap-utils 0.4.7 and loading the firmware with usual instructions (Planex GW-CF11X card) :

    modprobe hostap
    prism2_srec -gs wlan0 /lib/firmware/pm010102.hex
    prism2_srec -gp wlan0 /lib/firmware/pm010102.hex
    iwpriv wlan0 reset 1
    prism2_srec -rp wlan0 /lib/firmware/rf010804.hex

    • roger 2009.01.08 03:42  댓글주소  수정/삭제

      Could you explain in detail what you have done to install it ? from which file? When i tried on my C1000 i had a kernel panic...
      I rename the file to zImage-debian.bin
      and i choose option 3 (for installing on SD, i had one partition with ext2).
      For the file i take this link :
      Could someone help ?
      Does this archive work on C1000? i had error when i tried to flash
      thanks you.

    • v_ves 2009.01.08 06:03  댓글주소  수정/삭제

      Could you tell me which one should i use :
      zImage-debian.bin_sd or zImage-debian.bin_hda1.
      I have a c1000 and i want to try to install it.
      How should i partition my sd card (2Go) ?
      If you a an URL to download all the necessary fil, it would be great!!

  7. ArchiMark 2008.07.03 12:37  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    Thanks for providing this!

    However, having problems with install on my 3200....I go through install steps, but after reboot, my 3200 boots up to the same Debian EABI that I already installed before, no change has been made.

    One thing I wonder about in your instructions that may be affecting my installation problem is the file name of the zImage file that I should use. The filename is shown as 'zImage-debian.bin.hda1'. Should I rename this file to just 'zImage' or 'zImage-debian' or ???

    I want to install to my internal drive hda partition from my SD card.

    If I understand correctly from posts over at the forums, is that I need to have a CF card inserted in 3200 if I want to install to hda1, right?

    Hope you can please help me get this installed either here or over at OESF forum....

    Thank you!

  8. 2008.07.27 23:28  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기


  9. plum 2008.08.14 17:32  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    Thanks for all you hardwork,This Roofs is wonderful,But I've got two questions,How can I change the system Font?Or "How can I change the LXP-icewm's default font"?
    The other question is "How can I put the icon on the desktop?" just like the pdaxrom with RoX pinboard

    Sorry for my bad English,I hope you can understand it

    • yonggun 2008.08.14 21:24  댓글주소  수정/삭제

      1. It's same as icewm setting: edit .lxp-icewm/prefoverride. Refer

      2.You can use rox or pcmanfm as you did in pdaxrom.

  10. ipenido 2008.08.26 11:40  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    I want to install Andromeda standalone in a Zaurus SL-3100 with a 4GB hard drive. How should I make the partitions of the disk to install it?
    Thanks for the effort.

  11. annonce 2009.01.14 07:03  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    Thanks for all you hardwork,This Roofs is wonderful,But I've got two questions,How can I change the system Font?Or "How can I change the LXP-icewm's default font"?

  12. cityandme 2010.02.11 19:15  댓글주소  수정/삭제  댓글쓰기

    설치까지는 성공했습니다..

    그다음에 자우르시안의 게시물을 참고해서 usb메모리를 마운트하려고 하는데...자꾸 실패를 하내요...혹시 다른 방법이 있나요???

    special device /dev/sda1 does not exist

    라고 에러가 뜹니다...

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