Monday, 9 September 2013

My First Week of SBR600

Hello Planet CDOT!

My name is Taylor Barras and these will be my blog posts related to my involvement in SBR600 and Fedora projects. I began studying at Seneca in 2011 and am currently a 5th semester CTYC student. I had an 8 month co-op term working at Esprida Corporation from September 2012 through to April 2013. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot from my job. My other interests include dancing, gaming, airsoft, biking, music, and reading. My personal blog is dedicated to technology so feel free to check it out if you want to.

My Wiki user page is fairly empty currently but if you want to check it out, it is located here: http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index.php/User:Skullhat

My IRC nick/learnID is tsbarras and here is a snippet of conversation I overheard on the #fedora-devel channel

[20:30] <Leftmost> When I run that right after rebooting, I get `/sys/class/misc/fuse/uevent: No such file or directory'
[20:30] <kay> so it's not loaded, /dev/fuse is there?
[20:30] <Leftmost> Yes.
[20:32] <kay> now /dev/fuse has 0600?
[20:32] <Leftmost> Yes.
[20:32] <kay> "cat /dev/fuse" should fail, do nothing but it will load the module
[20:32] <kay> what is it after that?
[20:33] <Leftmost> 0666

So far what I have read about the Pidora project seems promising. From website resources, forums, and Chris Tyler's lecture, it seems that the Pidora project has a place in the big picture of the Raspberry Pi. Having a familiar desktop/GUI OS for this device is important as it gives users more options as to what they can do with the device should they decide to buy into it. Reading around the Raspberry Pi forums gives me a different picture of the public opinion of the project.

Many users express frustrations from the apparent lack of bug fixes and unavailable software servers. I do not know anything about these but I suppose as I become involved in the project and community I will begin to gather my own information about these complaints.

In the mean time, I am optimistic that this course and project will be fantastic learning experiences. I have grown to like linux over the past 2 years and am ready to get into some nitty gritty of how applications and services work in the Fedora and ARM environment.

The 64-bit Fedora 19 install I will use for this course is virtualized on a portable HDD I use at school. This install is using a single core processor and has been allocated 1796 MB of RAM. I have given it a virtual disk size of 16 GB. There really isn't anything fancy about my setup!

Thank you for reading!

- Taylor

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