Holiday in Melbourne, Quirky plans

In a couple of days I'm flying to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to visit my daughter. I'll be back home the following Friday. I got el-cheapo tickets, $100 each way with Tiger.

I would like to bring out Quirky 007, featuring new integrated networking. The plan is a new Internet Connection Wizard frontend GUI that seamlessly uses any of the networking tools, including Jemimah's Pwireless2.

However, I'm not quite there. Need a few more days. So, I'll have to wait until I get back before uploading Quirky 007.

So, that's what you can anticipate about one week from now. Not only does Quirky have the "play anything" multimedia as in 006, but will have the new integrated-with-Pwireless2-networking (which is actually in Woof).

If 2.6.33 is out by then, I will build with that too, which means possibly a new deal for Nvidia video hardware.

Public release version of Quirky
Although Quirky is my plaything, and each release has something completely new, I am planning to release an official public version sometime.

Quirky is registered at distrowatch.com, and will be out of the "waiting period" soon.

Quirky is working so remarkably well on my Acer Aspire One 532h, that I'm planning a release specifically for that model and similar models. So, that will be the extent of the public release for now, a "Quirky Puppy" targeting that family of netbooks.

Hey, even the touchpad works perfectly as-is, absolutely no tweaking required. I was very surprised that the sensitivity is spot-on to suit me.

There are a few extra things I need to work on, such as the webcam and special keys.


Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 8:17


Comments:

Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 8:13 by Welcom
Quirky 007
we are eagrly waiting for Quirky 007 with new kernal and many more. If possible, kindly include dial up modem driver also

Thanking you in advance


Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 16:37 by lobster
License to code
The names Quirky - Puppy Quirky 007
Have a great holiday


Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 16:53 by Anonymous Coward
Tiger?
as in Tiger Airways? Didn't realise they do domestic flights in AU now...


Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 17:42 by Sage
Trip
Have a nice trip. Mind the poisonous critters in the sea.
Take your own drinking water!


Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 21:27 by BarryK
Quirky 007
Welcom,
As the planned public release of Quirky will be targeting a specific group of netbooks, they will only allow USB modems. So, I'll try and offer whatever USB dialup modem drivers are available. There are already a couple provided with the official kernel source.

AC,
Yep, Tiger Airways is one of our domestic airlines now. They consistently offer the lowest fares.

Hmm, I wonder. I bought my tickets well in advance, as Tiger advertise savings in doing so. I just had a quick look to see what it would cost me now, if I wanted a ticket to fly out on Saturday, return following Thursday: $308 and $208. Wow, what a saving! I also just now checked Qantas, prices are $415 and $212. Interesting how it is much higher if you want to fly out in the next day or two.



Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 23:17 by Jemimah
Lightweight Kernel
Are you planning on building a lightweight netbook kernel? The Puppeee kernel runs well on the AAO (according to user reports), all it needs is the correct drivers for wireless. The .config is posted on my drop.io/jemimah website. It's a bit out of date, but I will update it tonight.

The Puppeee kernel+modules is about 7MB right now - that's with all drivers for USB devices, and with "optimize for size" turned off.

It would probably save you a good deal of time and testing if you started from there. It was always my plan to add in additional drivers to support many more netbooks, but I don't have the resources to support it by myself, especially for hardware I don't own.




Posted on 18 Feb 2010, 24:29 by x
wifi down button
can there be an integrated wifi down button somewhere. for those times when reading your offline content is slowed/stopped by your wifi connection not being able to perform. offline pages are waiting for things like google ads which never come from the previously connected and performing wifi connection..


Posted on 19 Feb 2010, 2:01 by Sage
"they will only allow USB modems"
Presumably, if it has a NIC fitted, a proper router-modem could be set up from the command line?


Posted on 19 Feb 2010, 2:23 by Jemimah
webam and touchpad
Should you want to tweak the touchpad, Flsynclient is the best program I could find that runs on Puppy. It's just a frontend for the synclient that comes with Xorg, so it could be rewritten without FLTK. You probably can't use GtkDialog though, because there's no good way to make a slider widget.

Also worth checking out for the webcam is UcView. There are other options, but UcView has the most usable gui.


Posted on 19 Feb 2010, 9:29 by Raffy
Drivers are king
Many positive user feedback come in citing 100% ready/out-of-the-box experience with Puppy Linux 4.3.1 in their PCs.

It will be good to sustain this characteristic of Puppy Linux (or Quirky, if Barry so prefers) in relation to the new netbooks and nettops. In this regard, kudos to Jemimah for getting a team (herself included!) to work on Puppy Linux in netbooks.


Posted on 19 Feb 2010, 12:15 by x
usb modems
"they will only allow USB modems"

bluetooth dongle to bluetooth (3g or gprs) phone fit in there somewhere?


Posted on 20 Feb 2010, 10:50 by BarryK
USB modems only
I was responding to the query about analog dialup modems. At least, that what I thought was being asked about.



Posted on 20 Feb 2010, 21:07 by BarryK
Netbook kernel
Jemimah,
I'm not 100% sure but I don't think that I want to develop a netbook-specific kernel. I would rather keep it generic, but as modular as possible so that Woof could build for a specific netbook by leaving out unneeded modules. And if required, pass certain boot parameters, such as 'noapic', as required for a particular netbook.




Posted on 27 Feb 2010, 15:39 by Terryphi
p54 driver
Can you make sure the p54 wireless driver is configured in the kernel please.