[Chugalug] Easy linux images for CompactFlash and x86/Via Epia embedded devices?

Matt Keys mk6032 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 4 12:11:55 UTC 2013

How about a SIP device for a doorbell?


On 01/03/2013 03:31 PM, Dan Lyke wrote:
> We're doing a massive rework of our house wiring. I tore out the
> doorbell transformer, ran the numbers, and realized that the
> transformer draws about 3 watts(!). All the time.
> Hell, thought I, for that power I could run a Linux server doing
> nothing but watching the doorbell. And if I ran a Linux server, I
> could have it tunnel through the shop firewall and alert me back in the
> workshop when the doorbell rang! And maybe hang more cheap webcams off
> the computer, so I can show who's at the front door. And have a better
> sounding doorbell than the gawdawful synthesizers they're using these
> days. Heck, I could get a couple of lengths of cast iron sewer pipe,
> and hook up a couple of solenoids, and have an actual freakin door
> bell. And then I could have some mechanism for sending messages to the
> shop when people are watching it.[0]
> So I looked on my shelf and I could buy a couple of Raspberry Pi
> boards, or even rework a couple of Atmel dev kits, but I have 2 500 MHz
> Via Epia devices sitting there on the shelf. They probably draw an
> extra watt or two, but they're x86, have serial ports and NTSC out
> and a parallel port for digital I/O, and...
> I could compile this from scratch. I've done it before[1]. But I'm sure
> there are images.
> I've found the iMedia embedded Linux install, but before I boot back
> into Windows to follow their instructions for putting an ISO on
> CompactFlash, I wanted to know if anyone else has a recommendation for
> any other quick easy way to get a web server, some Perl, Python, or
> even just C, everything running as root, on to a CF card.
> Anyone?
> Dan
> [0] http://shopcam.flutterby.net/
> [1] http://www.flutterby.com/archives/wiki.cgi?wikiid=726
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