Fun with E-Ink, X and Gumstix
A lot of work has been going on to enrich the Gumstix toolset and provide better integration with the AM200 kit. Projects like OpenEmbedded are simplifying embedded Linux work. I see a bright future for these displays (no pun intended). I don't think it will be much longer before we have displays that we can roll up just like paper and stuff in our back pockets. The costs will come down, and we'll be able to scatter them on a desk just like regular paper and treat them as extensions of our normal desktop display. Linux will continue to be at the forefront of this with its unique capabilities.
The author is grateful to E-Ink engineers for their extensive support and hardware help, and to Andrew Morton, Peter Zijlstra, Antonino Daplas, Paul Mundt, Geert Uytterhoeven, Hugh Dickins, James Simmons and others for code review, mm, fbdev and general help.
Gumstix OE Build Details: www.gumstix.net/Software/view/Getting-started/Setting-up-a-build-environment/111.html
Gumstix Buildroot Setup: docwiki.gumstix.org/Buildroot
Using ipkg with Gumstix Feeds: www.gumstix.net/Software/view/Getting-started/Updating-and-adding-packages-via-ipkg/111.html
E-Ink AM200 Prototype Kit: www.e-ink.com/kits/am200_index.html
Jaya Kumar has been enjoying Linux since 1995 and is the author and maintainer of deferred IO, the fbdev drivers for E-Ink controllers. He is on a constant lookout for chocolate kulfi as well as cool new technologies to hack on and welcomes any and all feedback at email@example.com.
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