QUOTE(friedgold @ Jun 30 2005, 11:18 AM)
While I don't have the skills to help out on the OpenXDK side I'd like to help out with the Linux side, if possible. Do you have any specific ideas/plans for the mini linux included with OpenDash? I appreciate that once OpenXDK has network support you'll probably want to incorporate ftp support into the Dash but in the meantime the mini linux seems pretty important for providing extra functionality.
You are correct, once there is networking support in OpenXDK the idea is to move FTP into it. However, I don't necessarily see why having a mini-linux distribution come with it anyways would be a bad thing - people could untar files via the linux distribution, back things up, etc. It would be a quick way to add a bunch of functionality.
What do you have in mind for features? I know that the kernel needs to be updated, and I was going to see if someone could provide some ASCII art at boot. I was thinking of some sort of way to reboot the xbox on a keypress, and framebuffer access (to display a nice picture instead of the console), but am unsure if those would be too complex to add.
Another idea would be for the linux distribution to read a config file from somewhere on the FATX partition to get it's networking information from (instead of defaulting to 192.168.0.3 when it can't find DHCP).
That being said if you wanted to work on any ideas you have, or any of the features above, I would appreciate it.