Warning: I'm a Windows C/C++ programmer venturing into the Linux world for
the very first time. I cannot be held responsible for the goofy questions
I'm inclined to ask. <grin>
OK, here's what I'm trying to build...very simple really. A program which
a) cycles through a series of graphic images (from my digital camera),
stored in some pre-defined format (JPEG or GIF); b) connects to my home
server via a LAN connection (and preferably via HTTP or FTP) and downloads
the latest photos on a pre-scheduled basis (every night, for example). This
will be for mutliple units, by the way. Pretty simple sounding stuff!
Here's what I've tried thus far:
1) Installed Mandrake Linux on an old(er) machine (Pentium-class).
2) Wrote a program using Qt on my Windows box (an environment I'm still
3) Copied that onto the Linux box...no joy. Something to do with an
XServer. Wasn't quite sure how to start XServer w/o starting the whole GUI
(which I DON'T want). I just want the whole screen to be the images like a
4) Downloaded Embedded/Qt and compiled it...w/all their examples. This is
supposed to bypass the XServer stuff and write directly to a 'framebuffer'
(I finally figured out what that was yesterday). When I ran the examples
from the linux prompt, got the message(s) "unable to open framebuffer".
Can't recompile the Linux kernal because there's no source code on the hard
disk. Thinking, maybe Mandrake isn't what I want/need.
Here's what I'd like to know...
1) What Linux distrubution is simplest to setup/use for a project such as
this? Mandrake seems like overkill.
2) How should I write to the screen? Qt? Qt Embedded? Others?
3) I read a couple of projects where a browser/server were setup and used on
the same machine...that sounded like an interesting approach... Would that
be easier? Browser (Dillo)? Server (???) ? How do you 'control' the
browser so it'll cycle through the photos?
Thanks for tolerating me!