[Oberon] Initial feedback on 31-Dec-2002 Bluebottle release
Ronald D Smith
rdssoftware at voyager.net
Thu Jan 2 04:12:47 CET 2003
Good Job. I like it!
I downloaded the AOS.ISO.zip file and burned a cd image. The CD
booted without problems. But during the operation of loading
Bluebottle onto a partition on my laptop, I discovered the following
Step 3: OFSTools.Mount gives error OFSTools.Obx not found
Remedy: Build Aos.OSFTools.Mod.
Step 3: ZipTool.ExtractAll gives error ZipTool.Obx not Found.
Remedy: Build ZipTool.Mod.
Step 4. Aos.Par
Editing: up-arrow and down-arrow keys did not work. Left-arrow and
Once Bluebottle was booted.
1. Arrow keys in both TestEditor viewer and Oberon for Bluebottle
viewer appeared to work as expected. This is different behavior from
the problem above in AosInst.Tool.
2. As in Bluebottle released in May and August, the RTL8139 driver does
not work for me. In the previous releases, the driver printed a
'MegaError' line in the Kernel log. This time nothing is printed in
the Kernel log. I traced this to the send method, where the completed
OK bit is never set. I have not yet determined why this doesn't occur.
3. Actually, nothing appears in the Kernel Log, ever.
4. Need Menu entries for Log and Reboot in the main menu. I was able
to find the commands in the old menus.
5. Tried to change Main.XML to include the log and reboot entry. Store
this with TestEditor, but when I rebooted, no menu appeared. I was
able to recover using the boot disk.
6. As in the May and August releases, the ATI Rage Display driver did
work, although when the system first booted, a top section of the of
the screen was full of random colors and probably was not initialized.
7. When I resized the TestEditor viewer, making the viewer smaller,
the test shrank in size and became unreadable. Closing the viewer and
relaunching the TestEditor gave me good viewer.
8. I launched a TestEditor. Since I wanted to have two text's open at
once, I tried to launch a second TestEditor, but the second viewer did
Immediate Wish List:
1. Need more menus, specifically Log, Reboot and Shutdown.
2. Need a Kernel Log viewer that displays the Kernel Log. I need this
to debug the RTL8139 driver.
3. Need a description of the new mouse behavior. It appears to be
different from previous Oberon and Bluebottle releases. Specifically,
how do you move, copy and delete text, etc.
4. Need a description of the new scrolling behavior. It appears to be
different from previous Oberon and Bluebottle releases. Personal note:
I like Oberon scrolling.
Long term Wish List:
USB support for Wacom Tablet and Mouse.
PC Card support
803.11 ethernet PC Card support. I have an Apple Airport base station
running here for my Mac's.
SmartMedia PC Card support.
Power Management support so the laptop can run on the batteries.
FireWire Support for Disks and CD-RW.
Very long term wish list:
Bluebottle running native on Power PC and Power4 systems from Apple or
Pegasus. OK IBM too.
Configuration: Sony Vaio PCG-FA53 w/Athlon 4 1.3 ghz, Firewire, Floppy
and PC Cards
Ethernet RealTek RTL8139C Family PCI NIC
DVD/CD-RW Matshita UJDA720
Display ATI Rage Mobility-M1-HGP
Sound VIA AC'97 (WDM)
Mouse AMP PS2
Configuration: Clone tower w/ 2 P III 733 mhz, Firewire, Floppy
Ethernet 3Com 90x
HDD Fuji and Western Digital IDE drives
Sound Soundblaster PCI128 (ensoniq chipset ???)
Mouse PS2 (3 Button)
Note: The May and August releases of Bluebottle ran fine on the tower.
I've not written any device drivers in my 30 years of programming
computers, but I'm willing to try. I'll start on the RTL8139. I am
fluent in most computer languages: Basic, VB, C, C++, Pascal, Java, and
several scripting languages. I've been self-employed for over 20 years
developing many applications for Accounting and Business. I create and
maintain Relational and OLAP databases. I'm a former BeOS developer.
I've always been an early-adopter of new computers.
Thanks for Bluebottle.
Ronald D. Smith
R.D.S. Computer Service, Inc.
rdssoftware at voyager.net
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