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Nspire Linux?
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:12:59 pm »
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I'm posting this topic both at Cemetech and Omnimaga, because there are members of either site that don't go to the other very often.

I've been looking at Linux for the Nspire, and I am wondering about taking the project further. Specifically, I have a couple questions.

Why can't an external storage device be used as the entire filesystem, including the boot code, like it was done on the Wii?

What would it take to implement USB storage so one could theoretically install more drivers and upgrade to have Linux as a completely usable OS rather than a "thought"?
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Re: Nspire Linux?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 05:23:27 pm »
The boot code cannot be on the flash drive, because the calculator by itself cannot use flash drives. Other than the kernel, which is necessary for USB, and the Linux loader. With nlaunch, the loader is not necessary. USB storage is already implemented. You just have to have the filesystem on a flash drive.
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Re: Nspire Linux?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 05:36:09 pm »
So, fortytwo, I just have to be an experienced Nspire and Linux user to be able to set up my Nspire to use Linux as I prefer? :D that's awesome!
I'm going to have to find a project nobody has done yet..
Seriously studying the Genesis. :)
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Re: Nspire Linux?
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 05:40:04 pm »
That is a big project, you should start with an 89, because the genesis has both a 68k and a z80.
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Re: Nspire Linux?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 07:07:15 pm »
Well I'm a z80 "expert" in that I know it well, and I have become accustomed to it.
I'll study the 68k, but this project will probably be officially "started" in about 2 weeks, when I"m no longer busy at all.

Unless somebody is already doing it? Or maybe I should start with a simple Rubix Cube project
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