Archive for April, 2005
A few years ago, I decided to part with 120 of my hard-earned dollars and buy a Creative Nomad Jukebox 10gb. This MP3 player was already a couple years past its prime, but I figured for the price, it was a great deal. After all, one can fit a hell of a lot of music onto a 10gb hard drive, even if that music is encoded at a high bit rate.
In the intervening years, I’ve not regretted this purchase at all. The Jukebox has been amazingly useful, providing music for working out, travelling and for my work day. The only problem I had with the Jukebox was that I couldn’t get it to work in Linux.
I realized just yesterday, however, that it had to be possible. Creative’s sold a ton of Jukeboxes; someone had to have hacked together Linux support. And a very brief Google search showed this to be true. Specifically, in the form of Gnomad2, a Jukebox/Zen utility for Linux (and, apparently, *BSD).
I was elated to find gnomad2 in the apt repository, so I did a quick apt-get install gnomad2 and expected everything to Just Work. Which turned out to be a silly expectation. After a little bit of stumbling around and finding documentation, I tracked down the problem: while the gnomad2 package (and dependencies) install all needed libraries, they do not configure hotplug to recognize the Jukebox.
A little more research, and I found what I needed to do. The step-by-step instructions were:
- download the libnjb sources
- ./configure in the libnjb directory
- make in the libnjb directory
- cat nomad.usermap >> /etc/hotplug/usb/usb.usermap
- cp nomadjukebox /etc/hotplug/usb/
- chmod a+x /etc/hotplug/usb/nomadjukebox
- /etc/init.d/hotplug restart
As expected, once hotplug re-detects the USB devices, it now detects and sets up the Nomad Jukebox. Gnomad2 then detects the Jukebox, and everying Just Works.
Now I just need to find time to get my iPod Shuffle to work in amaroK…
May I just say again how much I love Linux.com? Today’s lovefest is for Linux.com | Top 10 Linux console applications, a great roundup of console tools available in most Linux distros. “[T]here’s more to the console than managing servers. You can do most desktop work from the console, and generally faster than you can accomplish work from a graphical user interface. You can even have a basic office suite, complete with a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation program, all in the absence of a GUI.”
Among the listed apps are a few of my favorites, including the venerable lynx and MySQL.
I’m still holding out hopes that someone will come to Hubble’s rescue. It is amazing to me that we’re going to allow this wonderful piece of machinery to die, simply because of a lack of funding. Won’t it cost more to either replace Hubble or do without the data it provides?
Anyway, as we anxiously await Hubble’s salvation, here is a link to HubbleSite – Galaxies, a gallery of photos of galaxies taken by Hubble over the years.