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My Mind Stomps with OpenStomp.

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 4:21 pm on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I’m always looking for ways to integrate Linux into my life more, and harness technology. As a mediocre guitar player and Professional Linux Geek I’ve often thought about Linux and guitar effects. Sure, there is a ton of software and homebrew hardware out there, but I’d like something more than that.

I’m sure by now (since its all over the news) that you’ve probably heard about the OpenStomp. Awesome concept! Lets make something quite complex to build, lets not give out the actual details about the internals of the device and lets claim to be the “Worlds first Open Source Effects Pedal”.

I was considering purchasing one of these until I found out the price. Then I thought, oh. I’ll purchase a parts kit. NO kit available. Then I though, oh I’ll just build one from scratch. HOW, with no public schematics?

Sorry my friends, having a website, a hardware device and a forum that you publish your source code to will not get me to purchase your device. Charging $349 for the pedal that you don’t provide plans for doesn’t go down well. If my commercial “closed box” gets fried, I don’t couldn’t care because it was cheap. The Open Stomp is a different story, What kind of Warranty do you offer?
I know you offer schematics if I purchase it, but what happens if it breaks with no modification in the first day?

What happens if a software update blows my StompBox up? You only have one OS listed on your forums page, are you going to post each version there? Do you have a public subversion repository? Come on StompBox, get your act together and post it on source forge before some one else does. Also while your at it post your schematics so that people can look at them and justify spending the $349 instead of building it. Give them away to capable developers that are interested in your product, you know the ones that will make your product popular by enhancing it.

If you are wondering, this being The Linux Blog and all, if I’m throwing a hissy because there is no Linux version available I’m not.  I couldn’t care less. There are ways around that and if it gets popular enough, there will be a version available. What I’m sour about is the fact that there is nothing “Open Source” about the OpenStomp, other than the huge lack of good documentation, and some source code that is posted in the forum.

I think I’ll go look at the old schematics for some “stomp boxes” and see about building them. Apparently this isn’t open since there is no source code involved. Jeez

Digsby on Linux

Filed under: Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 1:41 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008

I was reading this: http://www.shankrila.com/tech-stuff/digsby-is-my-favorite-instant-messenger/ post and I thought I’d check out Digsby. Other then being a really neat idea I thought it would be a great app for me to test out and see if I could use it full time. The Linux / MacOSX version is not ready yet so, I thought I’d just give running it under Wine a shot.

With a bit of struggling I did get it to work. I needed some DLL’s so I borrowed some from my Windows install. Then I needed Python, got that installed with the msiexec. Same error under wine PYTHONDLL failed to load.

Back to the drawing board, I figured I’d give that WineCVS script a shot. I posted an article about it a couple of days ago, you can use it to download Cedega and all other kinds of Wine implementations. I got the latest Wine from CVS, compiled and installed. Same issues as with the stable Wine I run. So, again battled with DLL’s (this time I just copied them over from my other install) and low and behold, it looks like it works:

Digsby on Linux under Wine

Looks pretty good huh?
WRONG!

When I try to sign in with my user name it doesn’t do so well. Here is the output:
Digsby on Linux under Wine Debug
I’m not sure how much I’ll get to mess with this to see if I can get it working before they release the Linux version but I’m going to keep trying. If your interested in more detailed instructions or information on running Digsby under Wine I’ll be happy to provide that information for you.

I’ll keep everyone posted by comments in this blog post. Also, let me know your thoughts on this, and comments!

– Owen