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24 May 2017
Yesterday, the irish BLUG (Belfast Linux User Group) has organised the Ancient and Classic Hardware Night at the Farset Labs, with a small display of some retro hardware, including an SL-5500.
https://www.meetup.com/belfast-lug/events/239818345/

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18 May 2017
A new version of the updater.sh script, version 2017.05, has been released on the LinuxPDA page:

https://github.com/LinuxPDA/zaurus-updater-2017.05

The updater.sh script is used to flash a kernel and, eventually, a ROM on the NAND, such as kexecboot, Cacko or pdaXrom. This new version includes an useful NAND partition resize and erase tool. It can be accessed by flashing updater.sh with no other files stored on the SD/CF card. I have been told that it can be also accessed even if there are valid kernels to be flashed on the card, by pressing R and OK during the boot, but I haven't tried that.

The script has been so far tested on a SL-C860 and an SL-C1000, so testers with other models are most welcomed. The script works on all the Zaurus models, except for the SL-5500.

Thanks to Ant for all the work and dedication on the updater and kexecboot!

Varti
15 May 2017
Another UMPC is being crowdfunded on Indiegogo:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kspro-8-...s-10-computer#/

This device will be running Windows 10 on an ARM CPU, although AFAIK Windows 10 is still to be released for that CPU. I don't know if this project will reach its goal, with 28% of its funding being reached and only 5 days remaining. Probably, there seems to be no more space in the niche market of clamshell devices for yet another competitor.

Varti
15 May 2017
I have today found on the Pyra's Wiki portal an useful chart which compares the specs between these devices: Pandora, Pyra, GPD Win, Gemini, Neo900 and Chaconne:

https://www.pyra-handheld.com/wiki/index.ph...omparison_Chart

The Gpd Pocket is missing, I guess they didn't include it since it's more the size of a netbook rather than of a small clamshell. I must say it is the first time I hear about the Neo900 and the Chaconne; they both seem to be high specced devices (with a suitably high estimated price tag), still in the prototype stages, and for which it is still not clear when/if they will be released:

http://neo900.org/
http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1d344...mp;e=e094d06079

PS: and yes, as you can see I have disabled the automatic topic title capitalization, due to request. Actually it was a setting which automatically removed any shouting in the topic, i.e. words with all the letters uppercase.

Varti
5 May 2017
I'd like to warn you about the following webstore and that used Zaurus SL-C750 they're selling:

http://www.xiudqstore.top/index.php?main_p...ath=63_240_3681

It sounds tempting at a price of 21.48 euros / 23.10 $, with free shipping, the unit seems to be in working state and with no clearly visible defects. The website is however filled with text in broken English, plus there's not a single website mentioning it, let alone recommending it. I thought I'd give it a try, it won't bother me much to lose that amount of money, plus I setup a virtual, disposable debit card with a credit limit of the same amount, to avoid being charged more than the sale price. When trying to check out, an error has appeared, indicating that my bank has blocked the transaction and returned 'Intercepted by risk control department'. Needless to say, I'll avoid that store in the future, and I recommend you do the same.

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