Saturday I received a present: a basic stamp board with sensors and servos . For those who don't know basic stamp it is a microcontroller based on a pic running a basic interpreter. I found a compiler and a software loader for linux, but for it wasn't good organized I decided to remake it better. It works good now, I've already written the rules for making a deb from it. There's a problem: the compiler uses a shared object from parallax (thr industry that makes basic stamp microcontrollers) and it isn't free. They don't even give the source, so it in't good for debian, even if the rest of the code is under gpl. Basic stamp is a good micro for teaching in the schools, it's much easier than other micros, so I think it should be important for debian to include it. But can it be possible? I mean, could I submit a package for the non-free section of debian (if I find a mentor)? Or should I create a package with only the free software and create a script that downloads the shared object from the parallax site and submit the deb to the contrib section? If anyone of you has got some ideas and wants to see the source, the url is http://www.campana.vi.it/ottavio/progetti/basicstamp-1.0.tar.gz Thanks. PS: this package needs to create the link /dev/bstamp to a /dev/ttyS? in order to access the demo board. I'd like to create a user interface that during the setup asks the user for the port to link to. I see that many other programs use these windows, but I cannot understand how to make it. How can I do it? -- Non c'è più forza nella normalità, c'è solo monotonia.
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