Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Setting up ADB for debuging the Viewsonic G Tablet in Ubuntu Linux

After rooting and installing CyanogenMod, the Viewsonic G Tablet is an amazing device.  If you are a developer though, you may find difficulty using this device with ADB.

To get it working under windows, follow the guide at XDA forums under the "Setting up ADB" heading.  If you are on Linux, follow the steps below:

To start with, in the terminal, enter the following command.

sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/99-android.rules

Then, paste the following line into the file.

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0955", SYMLINK+="android_adb", MODE="0666" GROUP="plugdev"

Press CTRL+X to close, and press Y then Enter to save.

Then run the following commands:

sudo restart udev
adb kill-server
nohup adb start-server
adb devices

You should see your tablet in the list of devices. If so, then you're ready to go! If not, comment below with your results, and we'll try to get it figured out.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The real question we need to ask ourselves about the government of FOSS

With all the hullabaloo around Ubuntu these days, everybody has an opinion and a poll. Linux Journal just asked their users if FOSS is a democracy. I think they are asking the wrong question. Democracy, republic, meritocracy, aristocracy, none of it matters as long as the developers know what their users want, and are able to make that happen. So my question is:

In a conflict, should open source developers listen to their users, or rely on their 'better judgement'?

If you were in Mark Shuttleworth's shoes, what would your response have been?