Linux running on palmOne’s LifeDrive

lifedrive

I am amazed at how quickly Alex from hackndev was able to get Linux running on the LifeDrive. It looks like the majority of the work only spanned 2 weeks. The Linux system is started using Garux a bootloader that you run in the Palm OS. Garux unloads Palm OS from memory and boots the Linux kernel in its place. Alex has published GPE binaries of Familiar Linux that should be really simple to use. The touchscreen works, but since suspend isn’t working yet it’s still not practical as a stand alone environment.

[thanks andy]

Comments

  1. kURTROEDEGER says:

    i WISH I KNEW LINUX, SO MANY HACKS OUT THERE AND CUSTOMIZATION.

    –kURTROEDEGER

  2. cantsleepcatswilleatme says:

    I installed linux on a small lump of clay. But I couldn’t find a keyboard driver.

  3. grayskies says:

    lol @ # 2.

    did you try to compile drivers from source?

  4. cantsleepcatswilleatme says:

    Grayskies,

    later that afternoon I installed linux on my cat. There are ample keyboard drivers for this install. Except now he’s got terrible gas. Looking for a hack to take care of that.

    Any help?

    B

  5. ed3 says:

    I tried installing Linux on a dead badger using the guide at http://www.strangehorizons.com/2004/20040405/badger.shtml .

    It wasn’t pretty. I do not recommend it.

  6. grayskies says:

    rm -rf /usr/bin/cat/gas

    Try that.

  7. madd_matt says:

    grayskies, just removing the file can cause instability.

    Try replacing it with this stubb script:

    #!/bin/bash
    export ${GAS} = 0;
    echo $GAS;

  8. andy says:

    Hey, i am apart of the organization LOAAOOA, linux on animals and other objects association. I have been involved for about half a year, and i am very excited to hear of your new linux ports to animals, your actions will be recorded (not really).

  9. weirdguy0101 says:

    I got Linux my my gerbil, but I can’t figure out how to stop him from waking me up in the night. Any ideas?

  10. DonDondon says:

    I don’t know why everybody is trying to install linux on their pets. I installed it on a potato no problem. Best part is the potatoe provides it’s own powersource (Google potatoe batteries). I call my distributions, “Chips!”.

    –Don

  11. wtfisit says:

    you guys should try installing it on a penguin… nothing like it ;D

  12. ed3 says:

    > Google potatoe batteries

    Dan Quayle?!?!? You read Hackaday!?!?

  13. t3h says:

    Let’s get it working on the T|E…

  14. ty says:

    Yes, I agree with #12!
    Let’s get Linux on the T|E!

  15. carpespasm says:

    i’ve gotten the freebsd kernel to boot from a pack of playing cards, but whenever i mount a joker card i get kernel panic, any ideas guys? KTHXBI

  16. Timmay says:

    Man o man, i’m going to try the T|T2 linux! looks pretty cool for the geek factor.

    This could bring the lifedrive to what it should be able todo, some multi-tasking to go with those killer specs.

    Timmay

  17. ez says:

    on’t know why everybody is trying to install linux on their pets. I installed it on a potato no problem. Best part is the potatoe provides it’s own powersource (Google potatoe batteries). I call my distributions, “Chips!”.

    –Don

    Hot damn look at this:

    http://latteier.com/potato/

  18. Sean lazar says:

    #14, uninstall the joker cards, they have a known incompatibility with linux. But you’ll get a stack error because the configuration is expecting 54 cards – 52 card deck with 2 jokers. Make sure to change the line “STACK_LEN=54″ to “STACK_LEN=52″ in your kernel config. then recompile. works for me.

  19. hohumlovegun says:

    What’s happened to the links!? :( All we get now is individual hacks, I look forward to coming on hackaday and filling up my browser with open tabs from the links page!

  20. hohumlovegun says:

    What’s happened to the links!? :( All we get now is individual hacks, I look forward to coming on hackaday and filling up my browser with open tabs from the links page!

  21. spliff says:

    linux on this hardware, linux on that hardware, using linux to something remotely useful in your life.. nowhere

    thats my freestyle. what.

  22. imeetdoom2 says:

    all this talk about pets and food makes me wanna go to the bathroom, hmmmm what a novel idea, a toilet paper roll running linux!!! this calls for serious “emergency” multitasking… just make sure you uninstall the sheets and change the kernell config before usage… we dont want to scare the shit out of the kernel and make it panic do we… any tips???

  23. funnyman1234 says:

    I tried installing Linux on my wife, but I ran into the same problems as Vista. I couldn’t find sex drivers.

  24. mrsPengu says:

    I definitely just realized how geeky I am when reading through the comments I understood them, lol.

  25. davijordan says:

    Linux works on the better half, You just always have to use the sudo command to get “root” privileges. Back to reality. I have put linux on my wrt54gl, nslu2, PPC Mac, PC Pentium I-IV, Amd k1-2, Amd Turon.

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