Cherry smart card keyboard on Linux

This is just a quick post to explain how to set up a Cherry G83-6744 smart card keyboard on Debian Linux. The keyboard comes with a driver CD (for a binary PCSC driver) and printed instructions, but you can also grab them on Cherry's site if needed.

First, install ...

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Building kernels for the Beaglebone Black

Debian's settled on kernel 3.16 for its Jessie release, so if you want to stay more or less current with Debian's kernel, here's how to build more recent 3.16 versions. Robert C. Nelson's kernels track the main kernel releases, which means as time progresses ...

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Make a Beaglebone Debian testing image installable

As discussed in my previous post on the Beaglebone Black, Robert Nelson provides multiple Debian images for the Beaglebone. The installer image, however, is only available for Debian Wheezy, but you can easily turn the Jessie (Testing) tarballs into an installer image as well. Here's how.

First, grab the ...

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Moving to Pelican

In search of a simpler blogging framework, and intended to ditch PHP, I have tested multiple static site generators, settling on Pelican. Unlike Pico or Phile CMS, Pelican generates fully static content. So no dynamically rendered front page - which taxed my poor Beaglebone Black the most.

Of course, every migration ...

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RTC wakeup on Linux

Most BIOSes offer the possibility to fire up your computer at a given time. This may be a handy alternative when WoL is unavailable or unreliable, but it offers little flexibility.

Linux allows you to wake up your system however you want. You can do it the hardcore way and ...

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WPS setup on OpenWrt

Most routers nowadays support WPS, which allows you to easily add new devices to a WLAN, without the need to type in long passwords. Most consumer routers or APs come with a WPS button (often on the back) so you can initiate WPS simply by pushing it. This is not ...

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Qualcomm Atheros ALX driver with WoL support

WoL support was removed in 2013 from the alx driver (used for certain Atheros Ethernet cards), because of bugs with suspend / resume functionality.

My brother's server runs on an ASRock B85M-ITX motherboard, with a QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet NIC. Without WoL, you really can't tuck it away in some ...

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Reducing Debian's footprint

This procedure is best started right after the installation. If you know how to tweak Debian's installer so dpkg already skips locales etc., even better, then you can apply this during installation. Either way, the sooner you do it, the better.

Removing redundant packages

You need to determine yourself ...

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