August 26, 2002 (indigo)
Hej all, you probally don't know me, but I know most of you *grin*. Perhaps you
know me as "daboy" from a past life, or by my real name "Phil Frost Tate". In
any case, I just got a Helio and I intend to update PicoLinux with a recent
PicoGui and Linux and all that good stuff. I'm a bit busy with some other
projects atm (and work too...) but be assured someone is around again who is
working on PicoLinux.
June 8, 2002 (joshnet)
Keep on trucking all PicoLinux users!
Unfortunately there has not been many updates to the images, source etc or even site for some time so don't expect much. If your interested in helping out however, feel free to drop me an e-mail at email@example.com and I will put you into contact with the right people.
As always I wish you best of luck with your coding or Linux usage. Thanks for checking us out!
April 11, 2002 (micah)
There was an article published on LinuxDevices by Jay Staton recently that
may be a good introduction to PicoLinux:
February 26, 2002 (joshnet)
It is my unfortunate responsibility to announce to you all that the main
person who did kernel hacking for the PicoLinux kernel recently had a
hardrive crash, thus losing 4 years worth of projects including his
Further...badness...He has decided to take a 2 month break from the
internet so as of now the kernel hacking has been cut in half. kiatoa is
basically the only person currently working on it, I myself do not have
enough experience in the field nor a local Linux box. (If you have
donations such as hardrives just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.) I know you
have all wanted a big release and it may still come, but do not expect
it to be as big or to come soon. We currently have bugs in the current
kernel that have to be squashed but do not fear we will try our best!
If your interested in becoming a new kernel hacker or project admin
please send your information to the mailing list and we'll get back to
I wish you all luck with your Helio's and remember - another day brings
another chance of hope for PicoLinux.
February 20, 2002 (kiatoa)
I have put several items at
that may be of interest to some helio owners.
There is a scheme interpreter tinyscheme
and a 2.3.99 kernel with serial
that works well (its been reliable for me at up to 57600 bps. The
picolinux-helio-scheme.bin has the scheme interpreter in /bin.
This might be useful for people who want to experiment with the helio
since it is practical to upload files to the helio for testing.
January 24, 2002 (micah)
You'll see a new "Tools" sidebar to the left where I've mirrored the DT
tools for linux and windows, and a small text file explaining how to enter
the Helio bootloader.
A few of you might be wondering about the status of the Pico/Linux
project... The releases so far have been few and far between, but the
PicoGUI project itself is still proceeding quickly and there's an effort
underway to port the 2.4.17 linux-vr kernel to the Helio. We have a good
launcher, and the PIM and web browser are on their way. If you'd like to
help with the development, or just keep tabs on its progress, there are a
few things you can do:
Pico/Linux is not dead! Now that PicoGUI itself has made so much progress,
we should soon have a usable Linux environment for the Helio.
- Join the pgui-devel
mailing list. It's true that Pico/Linux has its own mailing list, but since
the Pico/Linux project is just a small offshoot from the PicoGUI project
it's reasonable to discuss Helio-related matters on its much more active
- Stop by the #picogui channel on irc.openprojects.net. Sometimes you may
catch us actually doing work on there ;)
- Write code! Though it's nice to know who's doing what, so hopefully
you'll do one or two of the above items first.
- Also, if you know of any places you can still get Helios, let us know
(on the mailing list preferably). I've heard that Staples still has them,
but their online store is out and some of us don't live near one. If you
find a good supply, you might even consider buying some and reselling if
there's any interest.
- We could always use ports of PicoGUI to other platforms. There's a (kind
of incomplete) list of platforms
PicoGUI runs on, and hopefully we can add to that. Right now all the
platforms except the Helio have their own distrobution, but my vision for
Pico/Linux is to be a cross-platform PDA linux distro based on PicoGUI.
Theoretically PicoGUI should even be able to run on Palm or Handspring
December 30, 2001 (micah)
In case you're looking for the "dt" tool used to flash ROM images to your
Helio, it looks like the VTech site's copy of it is down. The vhl-tools project has a
mirror that at least has
the linux version of dt.
October 10, 2001 (micah)
Released a binary build today from this morning's CVS.
Download it here. It is a self-contained Flash image (no separate
ramdisk) that you can load with 'dt'. The major enhancement in this image
is a working terminal emulator. Note: due to a bug in the init scripts, the
helio may get 'stuck' at a mostly black screen with no flashing cursor. If
this happens, enter the bootloader (the one you use with 'dt') and hit the
September 29, 2001 (tasnim)
Added my collection of helio hacks to this site
You can get the files here: picolinux files
linux guys the goal is to get the whole directory structure under /mnt
the steps I followed (but I loaded them gradually as I
1. gzip the file
2. if still greater than 40KB, split them to 35~40KB pieces
3. run minicom at 9600 bps ( you may change speed by issuing stty
transfer errors increase to useless level, also change speed of minicom)
4. run rz on helio's shell and use minicom to send file via zmodem
5. use cat >> to assemble the split
6. gunzip it
7. run it, or whatever
the RAMDisk has lot of stuff that you can explore, any queries are
May 6, 2001 (micah)
Today I started the Pico/Linux project as an entity separate from (but still
closely linked to) PicoGUI. I'm in
the process of moving the code from the Pico/Linux on Helio tarballs at the
PicoGUI site into a new build system in CVS. Parts of the web site may come
and go, as it is under construction. (well, more than usual :)
For now, you can find information on the April 17 Pico/Linux Helio release