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Occidentalis v2.0

by jhawk on Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:19 pm

I'm confused adafruit made a concious decision to produce it's own distribution "Occidentalis".
However, the highlighted banner requests no "Linux Support" questions. Why would you ask
for support on RasberryPi for a hacked kernel by adafruit? It would seem to writer that perhaps
the most obvious action would be a "Occidentalis" forum for linux questions etc.

Secondly, raspbian updates routinely break Occidentalis. Begging the question is a Occidentalis
repository needed to insure compatability?

I used the last few remaining brain cells to ask this question. So clarification is not possible....

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Re: Occidentalis v2.0

by adafruit on Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:39 pm

jhawk wrote:I'm confused adafruit made a concious decision to produce it's own distribution "Occidentalis".


we're not up to 2.0 yet :)

it's v0.2 - Occidentalis v0.2. Rubus occidentalis is the black raspberry
http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-rasp ... s-v0-dot-2

it is derived from Raspbian Wheezy.

we created a distro that many are calling the "batteries included" distro. it "just works" with hardware (like wifi, etc) - any updates to the official distro we add in each version. here's what our current version supports:

Version 0.2 updates (new!)
Truncated image - only 2.6G now to fit on any 4G card
raspi-config notice retained on boot
Removed persistant wlan0 entry
Password-change reminder on login
Added RTC and lm-sensors kernel module
Included kernel modules for: DS1307, AD626 I2C digipots, HMC6352, BMP085, ADS1015
New! Adafruit's PWM/Servo kernel module for easy PWM/Servo control on GPIO#18

Version 0.1 updates (still included)
Updated to Hexxeh firmware
I2C and hardware SPI support
I2C/SPI modules initialized on boot
sshd on boot
ssh keygen on first boot
runs avahi daemon (Bonjour client) and is called raspberrypi.local
Realtek RTL8188CUS wifi support
One wire support on GPIO #4 when loaded
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Re: Occidentalis v2.0

by jhawk on Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:49 pm

I'm sorry I transposed 0.2 vs 2.0 on version. My point is that rather than a distribution you
are providing a value added kernel. I applaud the effort to make the kernel more responsive
to the requirements of your end users and the products you provide.

It is my belief by reading the coverage of the added value kernel that at least one kernel
modules was created by Adafruit staff as well as a specialized kernel config.

The main distribution being Raspbian available at RaspberryPi.org. While I understand referring
"general" linux questions to RaspberryPi. It is inevitable kernel specific questions will be
asked and Adafruit is the main contact point for such questions. Secondly, the simple act of
doing and update/upgrade could lead to a new kernel/firmware being installed.

My one and only salient statement is the need for a forum to discuss "Occidentalis".
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Re: Occidentalis v2.0

by portzt on Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:37 pm

Dear Adafruit,
Unfortunately my Pi has the hynix chipset. Is there a beta version or non-stable release of Occidentalis for hynix chipsets available. I downloaded Occidentalis and wiped my version of wheezy from the card I had because I wanted to go through the PWM Servo control tutorial. Only later did I discover that Occidentalis is not compatible with Hynix brand of memory. :roll:
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Re: Occidentalis v2.0

by adafruit_support_mike on Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:31 am

In the RasPi forums, they say that copying the 'bootcode.bin' file from a newer version of Wheezy to the mounts-on-your-desktop partition of the Occidentalis card will solve the problem. I haven't been able to test it personally because I don't have any Hynix RasPis, but the basic idea makes sense.
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Re: Occidentalis v2.0

by portzt on Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:24 pm

Mike, I would be happy to test this and let you know if it works. Seems like something that would be valuable to both the Adafruit and RPi community. :mrgreen:
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Re: Occidentalis v2.0

by portzt on Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:03 pm

Hello,
I found this post on raspberrypi.org that worked.

by marmarti » Tue May 28, 2013 1:36 am
Resolved the USB Keyboard and MOUSE issue by

1. Install Occidentalis from scratch in your SD card

2. Download rpi-firmware-master files from the repository at https://github.com/Hexxeh/rpi-firmware

3. Replace
bootcode.bin
start.elf
fixup.dat
kernel.img
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Re: Occidentalis v2.0

by portzt on Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:03 pm

Hello,
I found this post on raspberrypi.org that worked.

by marmarti » Tue May 28, 2013 1:36 am
Resolved the USB Keyboard and MOUSE issue by

1. Install Occidentalis from scratch in your SD card

2. Download rpi-firmware-master files from the repository at https://github.com/Hexxeh/rpi-firmware

3. Replace
bootcode.bin
start.elf
fixup.dat
kernel.img
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