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> newbie plz help with zaurus 5500
post Aug 11 2004, 12:00 PM
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i just bought my zaurus 5500 for 160 and its comes with a 256 mb CF card. i bought this mainly for its mp3 playback and word processing for im only 16 and in high school. however i want to get more in depth my my zaurus but dont know where to start. i dont even know whats linux and all that rom, kernel talk.

are there any necessary free software that i must get and how do people play emulators such as gba on their zaurus?

plz help
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post Aug 11 2004, 01:27 PM
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Have a look at http://zaurus.spy.org/ . Huge collection of links to websites will information on the Zaurus.

And a quick rundown of what Linux, the kernel and a ROM are...

Linux is an open-source (free) operating system created by Linus Torvalds in the early 1990s. It was originally a hobby, but is so much more than that now. It is very commonly used on network and internet servers because of it's security and stability over Windows, and is becoming more common on desktop and laptop computers. It is Unix based, like almost every other major OS (Mac OS X, Solaris, <Free/Open/Net>BSD, etc.) except Windows. It is the operating system that the Zaurus runs on.

The kernel is the actual core of the operating system, and it's hard to explain what it does in simple terms. It is put on the Zaurus in the form of a compressed image, often flashed using a file called zImage or zImage.bin.

The ROM is the actual set of programs and utilities on the Zaurus. There are different versions (many for the 5500), that you can use and play around with, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

As a note for you is you try out different ROMs, be sure that they are intended for the 5500, as other ROMs could damage it. The 5500 is also sometimes referred to as the "Collie".
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