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Old 07-16-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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As you all may know, Open Inkpot (OI) is creating a nice Linux variant for the various e-ink readers out there. Ondrej is working on the port to the Cybook family of readers (from Bookeen, Ganaxa, Orsio, STAReBOOK, Astak, Netronix, etc.) He's gotten to the point where he can get the Linux kernel running and displaying Tux. He graciously loaned me a copy and I just got done running the kernel on both my Cybook Gen3 (the 512MB model) and my EB-100 from Netronix. I've taken pictures of Tux happily appearing on the display and I'm posting them here.

Note, that I said 'running'. It ran and it did NOT install itself onto either device, which means that I don't have to go through all the bother of reloading all the original firmware for either device. Now there's a long way to go before it's up to the level of the Jinke V3 port, but we should be seeing a functional, portable OS to allow FBReader to run on all of this (Netronix) family of devices by the end of summer.

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And there's more information about OI at: http://blog.openinkpot.org

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Note, that I said 'running'. It ran and it did NOT install itself onto either device, which means that I don't have to go through all the bother of reloading all the original firmware for either device. Now there's a long way to go before it's up to the level of the Jinke V3 port, but we should be seeing a functional, portable OS to allow FBReader to run on all of this (Netronix) family of devices by the end of summer.
Is anything of the original code used then or not? Or do you have full control so you can fix things like battery time and response to button pushes?
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Is anything of the original code used then or not? Or do you have full control so you can fix things like battery time and response to button pushes?

NONE of the Netronix/Cybook code is re-used. ALL of it is open-source. And the same will be true for the library/bookshelf, Madshelf. And we all know that FBReader is open-source. So you should be able to hack and fix to your heart's content. Of course, if you want to help OI (and Ondrej, the porter to Cybooks) please feel free to do so.

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NONE of the Netronix/Cybook code is re-used. ALL of it is open-source. And the same will be true for the library/bookshelf, Madshelf. And we all know that FBReader is open-source. So you should be able to hack and fix to your heart's content. Of course, if you want to help OI (and Ondrej, the porter to Cybooks) please feel free to do so.
I am seriously considering getting involved after my vacation and after a September work deadline...
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I'm sure OI will welcome you with *OPEN* (Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge. ) arms!

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What is the status for the Cybook and OI now? Would the Beebook be a better choice for OI? Or does it not matter?
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What is the status for the Cybook and OI now? Would the Beebook be a better choice for OI? Or does it not matter?
Right now, OI seems to be working okay. The big problem is that - as developed for the V3 - Madshelf (the library/bookshelf manager) presumes that books and directories will be selected by use of numeric buttons "0"-"9". As we all know, the Cybook and other Netronix variants do not *have* these numeric keys. So until someone recodes Madshelf to handle devices with navigation control buttons similar to what the Cybook has, Madshelf - and thus FBReader - is basically very limited.

But work *is* being done and we should have some real usability soon.

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So eventually the Gen3 will have a working OS even though it's not from Bookeen?
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Looks like. And it'll be the same OS available for Kindle, PRS, Astak, V3 and the like. Plus, if everything goes well, the owners *won't* have to hard-install the OS over the manufacturer version.

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Newer version of OI running - from SD - on Cybook!

Yep. If you go to the OI pages, specifically this page: http://openinkpot.org/wiki/NetronixEB600, and click on the "here" in the line, "WIP. You can get alpha-quality releases here", you can download the latest WIP alpha release of OI for the Cybook.

Look, it's *ALPHA*. So don't expect that it's gonna have all the featurettes that you'll see on Windows using FBReader and the like, but you can now at least *see* OpenInkpot, Madshelf and FBReader running on the Cybook. From the SD card. Hooray Ondrej!!!

I must say that the 8/21/2008 alpha release doesn't actually "recognize" the navigation control (what some call the d-pad) as a navigation control under Madshelf. Instead, you have to press the left-side and right-side keys to mimic the Jinke V3's "1" - "6" numeric keys as well as using the power on/off key as the "Esc" key. Which means that to turn off OI from within Madshelf, you must use the central button on the navigation control to bring up the menu, press the "-" key to select "Scripts" from that menu and then press "Music" to select "Shutdown OpenInkpot", but it works and you can open and read PRC, PDB and other format ebooks (non-DRM'd of course) using FBReader.

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Perfect. I feel really inspired to setup a development environment and contribute...

I notice that there is a lot of ghosting.

So can you configure FBReader? And will the battery time be a problem for this version?

I notice that Madshelf does not seem to reconize metainforation in mobipocket files.

How do you "go forward" in madshelf?
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Can you change the font size in FBReader? I cannot find any button that do this...
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I actually liked the navigation with buttons for numbers (but I could not find 7 and 8...). This is potentially much faster then using the D-pad.
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