Yes, I essentially vanished. I ended up separated from my tranzport, computer, and often, electricity, for nearly a year.
I am embarrassed, too (and I hereby apologize to all and sundry, especially paul), but as I indicated back then, the problems with the tranzport driver were large, and as it turned out, far too complex and difficult to address while on the road. Various people have offered to help only to drop out. (at the scope of the problems?)
I pulled the linux kernel drivers for the alphatrack and the tranzport out of the old ardour surfaces branch a while back, which is now available via git (svn is too hard to cope with given my persistent lack of connectivity).
git clone git://teklibre.com/home/d/src/git/frontier.git
Some test code that exercises the drivers is in kernel_drivers/test.
I just tested the alphatrack’s kernel driver. It still works as of linux-2.6.22 and linux-2.6.25.
Also tested the tranzport kernel driver, same releases (both on SMP x86_64). Works. The scrollwheel is a happy thing in the kernel driver, I can’t knock the tranzport offline no matter what I do.
The tranzport driver in ardour is in the same sorry state as I left it, barely usable, and the interface between the kernel drivers and the ardour surfaces interface remains undone.
I am settled down for a couple months where I have all the gear I need, and frequent electricity, and sometimes, even internet, if there are enough people interested in this - and helping - we can get done.
I spent some time today playing with 2.4.1 - and I’m very pleased with it, with the exception of the !@#! tranzport and alphatrack support.