Okie dokie, hopefully I'll get all of these right this time ;)
I'm new at this too. However, I would like to ask the experts what I should study given the things I want to acomplish with my IA-1.
> 1) I have the ramsus image and the recent midori image working as they come configured.
Use Midori. Nothing against Ramsus's image, it worked great when we had no other alternative, but you have MUCH more flexibility in making your own custom images with Midori.
> 2) I have a cable modem/router/LAN with 4 pc including the IA-1. One of the PC is running apache which is the home webster and general purpose file server (photo, music...).
Cool, that's what I do.
> 3) I want to put the IA-1 in the kitchen so it can access web apps from the server. It would be great if it could web brows a directory of MP3s and invoke MMX player.
Shouldn't have a problem with that, tried modmp3 or mp3apache yet?
> 4)Since the other computers use the DHCP server in the router, the IA-1 should enable this feature so I can access the url of the web server by name (pump?)
Yup, pump will do it in Ramsus's image, Midori should do it automatically if you set it up correctly in the web setup.
> 5)One of the web apps I run is a random image script. The IA-1 needs the blanking turned off and the web browser must load images at a reasonable rate (unlike opera).
Ok, in Ramsus's image, change the XF86Config file... Edit the "OffTime 2" line to "OffTime 0". In Midori, just drop to prompt and type xset -sblankoff (Actually, make sure that's correct by checking the xset commands, I don't have my IA-1 handy and I'm sleepy. :) )
> 6) And last I want to mount a network drive(s) but don't have a clue.
I'm working on a tutorial for this right now for ia1hacking.com.
> So there it is. I have run the MP3 player included in the ramsus image, but only from the root command line succesfully. Netscape is > very unhappy when run from root. As user, I cant asign mime type for audio.
Midori + Opera takes care of this, it has XMMS.
> Midori is great, has a bright screen, a cool MP3 player (would be great if was invoked when clicking on a link). My web photos load > real slooow. I don't know how to use all of the extra stuff added to this load.
I really recommend that once you learn how to use network drives, start using xv or xli. Opera is shakey at best, and leaving it up for long periods of time is just asking for memory leaks. There's instructions on using xv under Ramsus's image on http://www.ia1hacking.com/, I'll update it for the Midori images tomorrow.
> I know I have to modify certain things in the image in order to make changes stick, but I don't know where to start. Eventually, I
> would like to learn how to mod and build my own image. I have a un opened box containing red hat linux 7.1 waiting to go into PC #5
> to knock around with.
Keep an eye out on http://www.ia1hacking.com/ for instructions and information..