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GPBX

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Globalscale Dreamplug Latest Software
« on: 12 September 2013, 06:51:39 pm »

Hello Everyone.

I have a Dream! (Plug, that is ;-) that I had purchased from Globalscale Technologies about 2 years ago.  I finally dusted it clean and currently it is being used as a paper-weight.

I have 3 questions:

1) I would like to know what is the latest available software version for:
      - uBoot (currently running U-Boot 2011.06.02334-g8f495d9-dirty (May 31 2011 - 02:06:26)
      - OS (currently running Debian 5.0 w/ kernel 2.6.38.8 ).  Also, which distribution is *recommended* for it to act as a network
        appliance (dns, dhcp, vpn, mysql)

2) Current partition/filesystem layout is /dev/sda1-FAT16 for uImage & /dev/sda2-EXT2 for rootfs.  However, I have noticed that newer OS images on the SD cards have EXT filesystem for the /dev/sda1.  I didn't think that the uBoot supported EXT filesystem for booting the kernel. Could someone provide insight on this topic?

3) The current apt sources as defined in /etc/apt/sources.list are:
          deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free
          deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
         deb http://security.debian.org lenny/updates main contrib non-free
         deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free
         deb http://10.82.108.51/kedars/sheevaplug_wifi/builds/packages/ binary/
However, it seems like these sources are not longer valid/good.  I am unable to do simply installs like (apt-get update or apt-get install ntp).  What is the current source list for apt?

Thank you for taking time to read this post! 

-GPBX
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Ralph Houston

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Re: Globalscale Dreamplug Latest Software
« Reply #1 on: 13 September 2013, 07:01:46 am »

Welcome GPBX!
I was beginning to think this forum had died - I wonder if everyone has migrated to Facebook or something?

Anyway, I also was an early adopter of the DP with a view to making a home automation system. That didn't get far and I fear it has been overtaken by the Pi with its easily-available interface boards.

I also liked the idea of an always-on browser (at about 20W consumption instead of 500W for a PC) so I installed GUIPlug, but again I think that has been overtaken by the far-superior tablets now available. I have switched to an iPad mini - no spaghetti of cables!

However, to try to answer your question even partly, the GUIPlug still receives updates through its cranky and buggy self-update system, so there is still access somewhere.

The newer plugs are indeed being shipped with an ext partition for uBoot - I imagine this would need a flash to allow the plug to see the uBoot. Risky.

I had to buy a jtag to get the DP to do anything, and I also created a triple-boot system (USB, external SD, internal SD in order) which works for testing if you are very diligent about the order you connect things, because the association between sdx and USBy has never been sorted out. (An external HD left plugged in will often floor a boot attempt.)

As far as I can tell I am running the latest 'off-the-shelf' OSs and if I can remember how to persuade minicom and jtag to behave I'll send you more info soon.

Best regards
Ralph
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Ralph Houston

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Re: Globalscale Dreamplug Latest Software
« Reply #2 on: 17 September 2013, 04:21:40 pm »

OK, as promised:

My DP is a model 003-DS2001 s/n DS2-1113-001126
When U-Boot starts, it reports:
U-Boot 2011.06-02334-g8f495d9-dirty (Mar 28 2011 - 05:21:06)
This can load uImage from a fat16 partition.

On the internal 2 GB SD, it then reports:
Image Name: Linux-2.6.33.6
Created: 2011-02-08   8:18:48 UTC
and it then fires up Ubuntu 9.04

I've got GUIPlug on an 8 GB SD.
It reports:
Image Name: Linux-3.0.7
Created: 2011-10-22  13:16:07 UTC
and it runs Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 guiplug - this is actually the '4 GB' GUIPlug version 2.7 from 29oct11, which does still pick up updates via a very cranky interface that needs to be coddled

Just for nothing, a 2 GB USB stick marked Debian reports:
Image Name: Linux-2.6.38.8
Created: 2011-06-26   0:13:20 UTC
and runs Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 debian

These are the latest software for the fat16/ext2 boot systems, downloaded from:
http://www.downloadsnewit.co.uk/SD-images/Dreamplug/

If anyone knows of any later resources, I would also be grateful to hear about them.
Good luck,
Ralph
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