Friday, October 31, 2008

Fd Linux development starting again... finally

It's been a *really* long time (approximately 7 years) since I've worked on my OSS project, Fd Linux and I'm finally starting to get my lazy ass in check and getting a bit more free time on my week[days,nights,ends] to get my development box set up and work on a new version of Fd Linux.

It's kind been a quirky hiatus from this due to getting deployed to Iraq back in 2003 to 2005 and just getting back into the swing of things, along with getting a house, watching my two girls grow up, and been extremely busy with work. Life kind of gets in the way like that.

Obviously over the years, the PC market has moved away from floppy disks (I honestly think floppy disk drives are *extra* commodities to add to PC's instead of defacto standards) and with solid state media dirt cheap right now and well capable of holding more than 1.44MB's worth of Linux goodness, it's a no brainer to start moving towards USB flash drives.

Right now, I'm working on a side project that will help get the base started for Fd Linux development, which is a home-brew NTP server, running on a PCB-5825 (AMD Geode 300Mhz, 128mb PC-133), booting off of 256MB compact-flash and using a Motorola Oncore UT+ GPS module with PPS as it's time source. There's much more detail to that, but a lot of the rootfs generation groundwork from way back to Fd Linux v1.0.0 will be used to concoct a good setup for this project.

Any rate, stay tuned. I'm pretty excited to get back into my groove.