Neighboring exhibition booth, and Los Angeles area development and networking group Python Ladies, took this picture of our walking penguins at SCALE10x. Thanks and kudos to LinuxChix Los Angeles group member Betty for both original idea and the overall organization of ‘project inflatable’ for our LinuxChixLA booth’s popular give-aways.
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Here are some more great pics of us at our LinuxChix LA Booth at SCALE 9x My Mom, Sharron took these. Thanks Mom!:
The originals can be found at:
These are the wonderful pictures that Michelle took of our LinuxChix LA Booth at SCALE 9x! The originals with all the wonderful captions can be found at:
For $50.00 or under you can purchase a Zipit Z2 Wireless Messenger at amazon.com or ebay.com and make yourself an inexpensive mini Linux laptop/hacktop!
There are several different Linux distributions for the Zipit Z2:
My favorite flavor of Linux for the Zipit is the Root Nexus image http://zipit.rootnexus.org/ which has the most updated version of Debian, Debian SID. The Ubuntu image is wonderful also, but is a work in progress, and some of the hardware drivers are not quite working yet. The Ubuntu distro shows great promise though and I am sure all the bugs will be worked out soon.
The most popular distribution for the Z2 is the Aliosa27 image, which uses an older stable version of Debian and the Fluxbox window manager. Hunterdavis.com has a wonderful instructional video and article on how to flash the Zipit Z2 and install the Aliosa27 image: http://hunterdavis.com/archives/201
Also http://designate72.info/?p=139 and http://quantumlime.com/zipit have great articles on flashing and installing Aliosa27′s image. And, one of my favorite shows online, Hak5 of the Revision3 network has one of the most thorough and highest quality demos of flashing and installing a Zipit Z2 with the Aliosa27 Userland image and the Root Nexus image: http://revision3.com/search/search?q=zipit
And, youtube.com, of course, has many of the before mentioned videos and other how-to videos for the Zipit Z2: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=zipit+z2&aq=2
Now, on to hacking your Zipit Z2!
- A computer running Linux of course
- A Zipit Z2 Wireless Messenger
- A Micro SD card (Preferably 2Gigs or higher)
- A Micro SD to Mini SD Adapter for your Zipit
- A Micro SD USB Reader or a Micro SD to Standard SD Adapter for your computer
Files you need to download to your computer:
- AutoFlasher-r2.zip http://sourceforge.net/projects/openzipit/
- The Linux kernel you need to flash http://aliosa27.net/projects/zipit2/zipit2-audio+x+mouse.gz
First we will flash the Linux kernel onto the Zipit:
- Extract the contents of the AutoFlasher-r2.zip file you downloaded on your computer to the root of your Micro SD card
- Extract the zipit2-audio+x+mouse.gz file to an easy to find location on your computer
- Find the file zimage-2.6.29, and copy it to the root of the Micro SD card along with AutoFlasher files you extracted earlier
- Rename the file zimage-2.6.29 to kernel.bin
- Make sure your Zipit has a full battery or is plugged in
- Take the Micro SD card you just prepared on your computer and put it in the Micro SD to Mini SD Adapter. And then put it into the Zipit Mini SD slot
- Turn the Zipit on and the Linux kernel flashing will begin
- Once the flashing completes, remove the SD card from your Zipit
- Then boot up the Zipit and you should see a screen that says OpenZipit with a Tasmanian Devil Linux Penguin and a solid cursor in the top left of the screen!
- You have just successfully flashed your Zipit and completed the hardest part of hacking Linux on your Zipit Z2
Now for the fun part , Imaging Debian Linux onto your Zipit Z2!
1. For this tutorial we will use Aliosa27′s popular Zipit Z2 distro at http://aliosa27.net/projects/zipit2/Debian-Z2.tgz
Download it to your computer
2. Extract the image file to an easy to find location on your computer
3. Plug the Micro SD card back into your computer. Don’t worry about the files on the card. The imaging process will delete them.
4. Open a terminal and as root find the location of your SD card. I like to use the command fdisk -l to list all hard drive partitions/external devices and their locations
5. Use dd to copy the extracted image from the computer to your SD card. Change name_of _image.img to the name of your image and change sdx to the device location of your SD card:
dd if=name_of_image.img of=/dev/sdx
This command will write the image to your SD card, and set up proper partitions. You will not receive any feedback from the terminal, but you should not get any errors either. This could take a while to complete, 20 or 30 minutes, so be patient!
6. Once the command finishes, remove the SD card and put it in the Zipit. You should boot into Debian and be prompted to login. User is root, and password is debian. If you can login successfully you now have a working version of Debian installed on your Zipit! Yeeaaahhhh!!!!!
Although, the name of the image might be different and your login may differ, this technique works exactly the same for any Linux distribution you download for your Zipit Z2. Have fun experimenting!
When in Terminal:
- Make sure to change your root password with the command passwd in a terminal.
- Run apt-get update to update the repository lists.
- Then apt-get install any applications of your choice!
- Use startx at the command line to start the Fluxbox etc. window manager.
I love the Window Maker window manager so I have been having fun
customizing it for my Zipit
When in a Window Manager:
Pushing the [Options] button on the Zipit will enable mouse mode via the arrow keys on the top right of the keypad. The middle button in the center of the arrow keys is the right click and the stop/play buttons to the left of the arrow keys function as the left click. Clicking [Options] again will enable keyboard mode once again. The “…” key is the Ctrl key for the Zipit keyboard. And I have discovered that when it is in mouse mode the number keys become F1, F2 respectively.
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SCALE 9x LinuxChix LA
Hello SCALE 9x!
The LinuxChix LA will be demonstrating Hacking Debian Linux on the Zipit Z2 Wireless Messenger
For a small $2 dollar donation we will be raffling off a Zipit Z2 Sunday afternoon!
And for a $1 dollar donation we will also be raffling off two Hasbro I-CY Penguins, one Saturday and one Sunday.
Please visit LinuxChix LA at Booth #8!
Yours in Tux,
Jill Bryant (jillix), Betty Chung, Sharon Lake and the rest of the
LinuxChix LA team!
Hello all LinuxChix LA and all fellow Linux lovers! It has been too long
since our last post on our blog. We are still very active and will be
busy as usual at this years SCALE 9x Southern California Linux Expo!
Make sure to register soon!
Any help any one can give with our LinuxChix LA booth would be much appreciated Please come by and visit us at Booth #8!
We will have a meeting soon and the details will be posted as soon
as they are finalized.
Yours in Tux,
Hello all Linux Chix!
First of all, just wanted to remind everyone that the SCALE 8x talks are available to listen to via mp3 downloads from the SCALE 8x Conference Schedule page:
Make sure to listen to the WIOS talks with Amber Graner; Rikki Kite; Malakai Wade, Mirano Cafiero, & Saskia Wade Etc. Etc. and many of the other talks at SCALE 8x that you may have missed! I have been enjoying listening to the talks that I went to a second time as well as those I missed
Second, last week was the Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco! Some very important and exciting announcements about Android Frojo and Google TV where made. Google gave out two Android smart phones, a Verizon Droid and the Sprint HTC Evo, to whoever attended the keynote speeches! Make sure to watch Day 2 coverage of Google I/O 2010 on TWIT with Leo Laporte:
Third, I just discovered a wonderful new blog:
In the Women With Droids WWD Profiles section Gina Trapani, Google developer and tech-guru, is highlighted! Here is a wonderful interview with Gina that is linked from the Women With Droids site:
I listen to the wonderfully talented and geeky Gina Trapani every week with Leo Leporte on the This Week in Google netcast. A must listen for every Linux Chix:
And, of course, last week TWIG also covered Google I/O:
Either by Tux or by Droid, Linux Rules The World!