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From: Stroller <stroller@××××××××××××××××××.uk>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Mounting a usb device
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 13:25:31
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-user] Mounting a usb device by dhk
1 On 29 Jun 2009, at 13:53, dhk wrote:
2 >>> ...
3 >>> What do I do at this point to communicate with the device?
4 >>
5 >> Are you sure the device should appear as a mass storage device? That
6 >> appears to be what you're expecting, but I don't find that clear at
7 >> all.
8 >>
9 >
10 > No, I'm not sure how the device should appear. However, I thought it
11 > should look like any other disk or usb stick since it currently has a
12 > Microsoft CE on it, which I want to change to Gentoo.
14 I don't think that's a reasonable conclusion _at all_.
16 If the scanner plugs into a Windows PC and appears as a disk drive
17 then, sure, I'd expect to be able to treat it the same under Linux.
18 But, assuming it plugs into a Windows PC at all, it's more likely that
19 the manufacturer's software (which you'll need on the PC anyway, to
20 handle barcode & stock-control data?) talks to it over in some
21 proprietary-over-serial format.
23 Finally, can you even install Linux on this scanner? Chances are its
24 processor is ARM - Linux will run on that architecture, but you won't
25 be able to chroot in from your x86 box & install GRUB.
27 Chances are that this scanner is some kind of rebadged HP iPaq or
28 something, onto which Linux has been / can be cludged onto, but you
29 seem to be making a lot of assumptions ahead of time.
31 Stroller.


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Re: [gentoo-user] Mounting a usb device dhk <dhkuhl@×××××××××.net>