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For making apps on GNU/Linux for the fx-9860G, we had two main libraries in the CASIO community:

  • the fx-9860G library (fxlib), which appeared in 2006 with the SDK and hasn't been updated since;
  • gint, some sort of "kernel library" which takes control of the machine for a better control over it.
Ideally, for making an app under GNU/Linux, you would just have to use gint; the fact is, gint is already a two-years old project and even if it is still in active development, some features are missing and will probably be for some time, such as serial/usb port management, so for quick hacking, I was using fxlib. Unfortunately, fxlib is not well done at all, the conversion to GNU/Linux is subject to some fails (sprintf doesn't work correctly), and is made to be C89-compliant where I like to develop using the C99/C11 standard, so headers such as inttypes.h are missing.

This library is a solution to all of these problems. It still uses the system for most things, such as hardware control, though re-implements some functions in the system such as drawing functions in order not to be too slow.

It is an in-development project I've had for a month now. Its sources are available on Github:

>> grab it! <<

The fact is, I'd like to focus more on the P7 project, and would like to hand this project over to someone else. In order to ease this, I made a contribution guide that describes more or less accurately the coding style I have been using up to now, and a TODO list. Is anyone here interested in taking over this project? I'd really like it :)
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Hi! I've been developing this project for a while, but Critor suggested me to make a topic here about it, and I saw a few reactions that made me thought a little CASIO on this forum wouldn't hurt too much :P

The origin of the name is "Protocol 7", as it's the name Simon Lothar (the one and only) gave to the proprietary protocol CASIO used on the fx-9860G and upper, and is still using on Prizm & the fx-CG50 (or Graph 90+E) for screenstreaming and OS updating.

Before I started the project, there were already a few projects, but none satisfied me: xfer9860 by Andreas Bertheussen, which only managed the fx-9860G by hardcoding its model ID (for what I've understood), and UsbConnector by Nessotrin (an occasional member of Planète Casio), which I didn't like the project organization (also, C++, yuk).

So I started the P7 project in August 2016, which at the time was only made of a library, called libp7, and a transfer utility, p7. The first version was published a week later, even though it couldn't do a lot (I have lost part of the commit history because of the reunion of the utilities under a `p7utils` repository, but I think I could only send and request a file on the storage memory, which was already great for the time). In september, I added a new utility, p7screen, which could display a streamed screen for your fx-9860G! I also made, in january 2017, a little Python 3.x module, pyp7, which uses libp7, and Intelligide (another member from Planète Casio) started a GUI project using C++ and Qt, p7gui. Also, but that's a little under the hood project, I'm making p7os, which will be able to backup and, maybe later, install a new OS on your fx-9860G calculator. :)

Aside from the P7 project, I'm making projects which will later be merged to it, although this is unofficial for now: libg1m (for manipulating files under CASIO format), and libfontcharacter (a library for managing CASIO's encoding and tokens), based on the FONTCHARACTER reference, a reference of all existing characters, with Unicode equivalents, known tokens, ...

Today, the released version of p7utils/libp7 (3.0) cannot, to me, do a lot today, although it makes what wasn't so basic to now something easily accessible. But there's still a lot to do, which will probably be done for the 4.0 release:
- include usage of libg1m in libp7, in order to manage MCS transactions;
- manage the old CAS protocol(s), so libp7 allow you to interact with your Graph 100 or any old calculator;
- integrate file encoding using libg1m (which can only decode for now), for saving your backups in the G1M/G2M/G1R/G2R format;
- manage the fx-CG*0 screenstreaming formats (Projector mode is already supported in the indev version);
- manage CASIO's SB-88[A] cables (libp7 only manages active serial cable for now, such as the PC/CASIO USB cable sold by Util Pocket in France);
- plenty of other awesome stuff! :)

The official website of the P7 project is right here (thanks to Planète Casio for hosting it):

Any suggestions or complaint? Don't hesitate, answer to this topic! :P
(also, thanks p4nix, the website couldn't allow me to answer your private message :D)
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