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Gentoo for Pandora

I have a new project now. It’s called Gentoo for Pandora. It’s pretty easy to figure out what it’s all about, but I’ll summarize for those who don’t know:

Gentoo is a distributon of Linux, and it features a very flexible, very powerful package system called portage (though some would say otherwise). Gentoo’s recommended installation media doesn’t actually install anything for you, either. The entire system is all about customizing everything to your needs, which means you can leave out extra junk you know you’ll never use. Gentoo also practices “rolling updates”, which means there’s no “Gentoo v1” or “Gentoo v2”. There’s just “Gentoo”, and whether or not you’re behind is determined by whether or not you’ve updated recently. This means that you’re always up-to-date, and never have to do a time-consuming upgrade that Ubuntu requires every six months.

Now, there are problems with using Gentoo on a handheld. Continue reading

Pandora Pre-orders… Or Not

We would if we could, but us Pandora fans cannot pre-order. The reason? See for yourself. At the time of this writing, the site is either slow in the dialup extreme, or simply resets. The Digg publicity it got last night is really taking effect now.

Last we heard, Craig, the head of Pandora development, said they needed another half-hour or so (I think). The “or so” part is important – now that the so-called set time for pre-orders has gone by, it’s anyone’s guess as to when they’ll actually open.

This would be exciting, if it weren’t for the fact that over a “couple thousand” users are reported to be visiting the site today. Keep in mind there’s only 3000 units available in the first batch. Chilling, isn’t it?

OpenPandora Pre-orders!

If you haven’t been keeping up on the Pandora handheld I talked about a while back, you probably don’t know pre-orders begin on September 30th. Well, they do. If you want to stay up-to-date with the Pandora, sign up to the low traffic newsletter on their website (look in the upper-right corner).

The latest e-mail really sums up all that has happened within the last three or four months: Continue reading