Thursday, July 28, 2011

Linux in school (Russian way)

 Russia needs National Operating System! How long has Russian government been doing buzz around it? For two, thee years? New names appeared to fight for a tender for "National" OS. Even french company Mandriva is now making Russian Linux.
  Recently my old teacher asked me to visit school because starting January this year Linux comes to school. Russian Alt Linux is unusable nightmare so two classes will be equipped with Ubuntu 11.04. (Can't wait to build centralized control with cfengine or something). Notice there is no ready educational programs and no educational software, no photoshop. Only pascal, openoffice and web. All this is just for the change itself.
 But this is not the end of a story. Interactive smart boards ( was also supplied to the school. You know, this is a white board with a projector and cameras and it's like interactive screen. A part of them, to be more precise model v280 doesn't work under Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, despite the fact smart tech claims to support it.
Here are the IDs of build in cameras:

Bus 001 Device 011: ID 0b8c:b000 SMART Technologies Inc.
Bus 001 Device 010: ID 0b8c:b000 SMART Technologies Inc.
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 0b8c:000e SMART Technologies Inc.
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB

Even more funny the open source camera app Cheese successfully get the picture from them!
Smart tech control center stayed blind. No, it found the devices, but was unable to communicate with them. A SMART tech software deb package looks shitty from perspective of experienced Linux user. All the binaries are like this  .HardwareTroubleShooter_elf

Needless to say there is no reseller support of this Sh*t in Russia and official support washes it's hand out of it. How sweet! Then again nobody is responsible and no sign of

The last but not the least. A big fat warning in Russian for others who will be googling for a solution.


SMART board v280 не завелась под Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 2.6.32-25-generic с использованием Notebook software v 10.2 sp2
! Тех. поддержка поддержку не оказывает, даже англоязычная на На они вобще мой тикет "потеряли", хотя пришло автоматическое подтверждение! Другие модели досок могут работать, но прекомпелированные модули ядер есть только для Ubuntu 10.04 и Suse 11.3. Короче, будете связываться, связывайтесь на свой страх и риск.