Was this the year of the Linux desktop? (read: New toy!)

Was this the year of the Linux desktop? Dell, OLPC, Walmart, Chumby, and now this? (not to mention the slew of mobile Linux devices)


Today I got a friendly little package from Taiwan... Inside, I found the smallest laptop I've ever seen before. The Asus EeePC, preloaded with Linux (Xandros/Debian Etch) and KDE/IceWM.

Less than 1kg, solid state drive, and pretty good performance (900mhz/intel graphics) means that this little puppy will be my new carry-around laptop :)


Yet another KDE Saturday

To commemorate Girish's last day at Trolltech and to hopefully find some KDE 4 bugs, a motley group of hackers gathered for some pizza, movies, and coding on various things...

Left to right: Andreas (Maelcum), Simon (Tronical), Thiago, Myself, Kavindra, Girish, Thomas(Z), and Carlos. Not pictured is Veronica who was the photographer.

Farewell Girish and good luck in India!


A short introduction to libusb

In this section, I will take you through the steps necessary to query the Luxeed keyboard device using the programming language C and libusb.

A simple libusb program

The first thing that should be done is to install the libusb development package. This varies from distribution to distribution, but the package to install is generally called something like libusb-dev.

You should also bookmark the libusb API page as it is an invaluable source of information concerning the library, and ultimately, the tool which you will use to make the keyboard blink.