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Old 03-08-2009, 06:45 PM   #16
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jesse, it appears unable to bring the wan interface up while usb networking is in use. have you looked at whether there is any way around this?
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Old 03-08-2009, 07:15 PM   #17
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jesse, it appears unable to bring the wan interface up while usb networking is in use. have you looked at whether there is any way around this?
I bet he could, and I bet he won't. If you have both the USB networking and the 3G on at the same time, wouldn't that be one step closer to using the K2 as a modem?
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I guess that's true. I was just looking for some way that I can leave the USB networking on all the time, to make it easier to telnet in whenever.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:25 PM   #19
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@kylekronan I've been pondering an "easier" way to turn on USB Networking, but for now I'm content as is.

@stevenmoy - Indeed. It's really important to me that anything I release for the Kindle makes it _really_ obvious that it's a hacked up OS.
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I have some ideas about getting proper and free fonts onto the Kindle. If I can make it go, I'll package an "upgrade"
Jesse, have you made any progress with this? I've managed to get unicode support on the home menu, but not in the reader. It almost seems like the actual reader app is not even attempting to do anything but Latin-1, since they're using the same fonts and fonts config.
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I've been focused elsewhere (crosscompiler).

Did you modify /usr/java/lib/font.properties or did you just drop new fonts into /usr/java/lib/ with the same names as existing fonts?

Which did you replace?
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Which did you replace?
Ha. I'm a putz. I only replaced the Serif to test with, but just realized that my test .mobi file was made from a HTML file that was enclosed entirely in <pre> tags, and was rendering mono-spaced (using the KindleBlackbox font). Oh well.

Everything works as expected, now to find some better fonts than the ugly GNU FreeFonts.
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clarknova, that's very impressive and quite a useful hack! So what's a good font that supports many or most of the Unicode code blocks?
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clarknova, that's very impressive and quite a useful hack! So what's a good font that supports many or most of the Unicode code blocks?
That's the $25,000 question. I don't think there are any universal multilingual fonts that look very good. For most western language speakers the Times/Arial/Courier combo will do it. However the fonts are not redistributable outside of their unaltered form, which means people would have to download the original packages, extract the fonts and build the updates themselves.

For the CJK, Thai, Indian, and other non-latin based languages, different font sets would be needed, and again the updates would have to be built individually.

Technically you could probably use BitStream Cyberbit and Arial Unicode as your Serif and Sans fonts if you wanted all of the unicode glyphs, but this is overkill and would cost you the ability to have bold or italics.
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@clarknova, Nice work!

Try out DejaVu and Droid Sans Fallback.

http://dejavu-fonts.org/wiki/index.php?title=Download
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Droid_(font)
(for the droid ffonts, go to the git repo to download)

I'm happy to try out what you've got or chat about packaging once you've got something useful
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Or this community can pull together $1 million dollar prize pool to hire a graphic artist to crunch out the entire unicode set and distribute for free.
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That's the $25,000 question. I don't think there are any universal multilingual fonts that look very good. For most western language speakers the Times/Arial/Courier combo will do it. However the fonts are not redistributable outside of their unaltered form, which means people would have to download the original packages, extract the fonts and build the updates themselves.

For the CJK, Thai, Indian, and other non-latin based languages, different font sets would be needed, and again the updates would have to be built individually.

Technically you could probably use BitStream Cyberbit and Arial Unicode as your Serif and Sans fonts if you wanted all of the unicode glyphs, but this is overkill and would cost you the ability to have bold or italics.
Maybe you can just teach us how to make the update ourselves then? I think all hacks are not meant to be used by the average joes anyway.

BTW, Droid is a good font. It is also relatively tiny w.r.t the blocks it covered.
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lovebeta, do you know how to write shell scripts? If so, it's just a matter of using Igor's updatemaker script to make an update that installs telnetd or something similar.

Google "android busybox binary". This binary will act like telnetd if run with that name (ie, change the name to 'telnetd' or symlink 'telnetd' -> 'busybox'). Add your startup script to /etc/rc5.d.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:51 PM   #30
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I got Chinese font displayed on Kindle 2 also.
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