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InSearchOf
post Jan 12 2007, 09:11 AM
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I know I will continue working on pdaXrom... I'm actually going to prolly buy a 3200 soon... hopefully new before everyone sells out... peferably from pricejapan...

But this does suck... because... as time passes... kernels, applications, etc get more memory, resource, processor intensive... and knowing that the Zaurus aren't going to be able to move with the changes... really does suck... but hey... I'm still here for the long run...

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post Jan 12 2007, 09:12 AM
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Oh... and I just pinned this thread....

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post Jan 12 2007, 09:16 AM
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Well, I can't say I am all that surprised by this annoucement. I just thought that Sharp would release one more 3x00 model before migrating over to the Papyrus line. That turned out to be wishful thinking on my part.

Also, the Zaurus will continue to be available for a while after the stop production date; it just means that Sharp won't be building anymore. Trust me I have been through this experience before first with the Sharp PC series and then Psion (see my sig below).

I've said this elsewhere on these forums and I'll repeat it again.

"Even the day that Sharp completely pulls the plug on the Zaurus line it will not die unless this community and others like it will let it die.

The Zaurus is one of those rare products that has dedicated communities behind it that strive to push it past the pigeon-holed niche that Sharp has decided to stuff it into. I consider myself honoured to be a part such a great and helpful community like this one."

Well that day has finally come; if we stick together we can move past this, continue to grow the Zaurus experience and make it a legendary product with an active supportive hobbiest community like the Tandy Model 100, the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, and Sega DreamCast communities.

We have alot going for us. The various 2.6 kernel distros (sorry ROMs) are coming along nicely thanks to the OZ, pdaXROM, and Angstrom teams. The 2.4 kernel distros (sorry ROMs) are either nicely polished (Cacko) or very close to it (Pdaxii13) thanks to Maslovsky, Meanie and the pdaXrom team. So keep the faith. smile.gif
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post Jan 12 2007, 09:20 AM
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QUOTE(InSearchOf @ Jan 12 2007, 05:11 PM)
I know I will continue working on pdaXrom... I'm actually going to prolly buy a 3200 soon... hopefully new before everyone sells out... peferably from pricejapan...

But this does suck... because... as time passes... kernels, applications, etc get more memory, resource, processor intensive... and knowing that the Zaurus aren't going to be able to move with the changes... really does suck... but hey... I'm still here for the long run...

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post Jan 12 2007, 09:30 AM
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Thanks... Koen....

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post Jan 12 2007, 09:50 AM
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QUOTE(Jon_J @ Jan 12 2007, 10:14 AM)
QUOTE(Antikx @ Jan 12 2007, 09:52 AM)
IMO, it's a sad day.
I will need to grieve for a while.
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I feel the same way Antikx, you have really put a whole lot of effort into your website and everyone here appreciates it.
I'm not giving up my Z, as a matter of a fact, I have a new C3200 on order. smile.gif

EDIT: You pulled many of us through the downtime when OESF forums were offline during last Xmas time period.
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Thanks.
Ya I don't intend on shutting down the site anytime soon. Like I've mentioned before the Tandy Model 10X community (AFAIK) is still alive and well despite it being out of production for decades.
If a Linux based PDA comes out that surpasses the Zaurus I will start saving my pennies but will probably always have a Zaurus or two kicking around my house.
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post Jan 12 2007, 09:59 AM
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QUOTE(dougeeebear @ Jan 12 2007, 08:31 AM)
It's a world-wide day of mourning.
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laugh.gif That's funny.
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post Jan 12 2007, 10:00 AM
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The time is right for a palmtop running a full desktop Linux distro. Why should the OQO & Flipstart have all the fun. If Sharp won't step up to the plate, I believe someone else will before too long.
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post Jan 12 2007, 10:03 AM
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QUOTE(dougeeebear @ Jan 12 2007, 10:31 AM)
It's a world-wide day of mourning.
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Meanie's pdaxii13 stuff is still available in case anyone needs them.
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post Jan 12 2007, 10:07 AM
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I saw the sony UX390N UMPC at CES and I was very impressed. It was running vista and confirmed with sony that it can dual boot with linux. This would suit my portable needs but a 2599 price tag is just way too much. Hopefully some decent and cheap UMPC's come out to satisfy my mobile technology interest.
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post Jan 12 2007, 10:15 AM
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QUOTE(Jon_J @ Jan 12 2007, 06:09 PM)
Sharp seems to have their hands in many technologies, they are now producing the blue laser for blu-ray and hd-dvd units.
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Sharp always preffered to be technology creator rather then device creator. They released c700 to show their new CG Silicon screens to the world.

QUOTE(cycle_55 @ Jan 12 2007, 06:19 PM)
I will also not give up on my C3100 and am wondering what will happen now as both pdaxrom and Oz are unfinished.
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OpenZaurus developers are working on 3.5.5 release for all existing models (except SL-A300 as usual). After release most of us will probably concentrate on fixing bugs, adding software and will move to Ångström distribution as this is future of embedded distros.
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post Jan 12 2007, 10:16 AM
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I feel very sad. I'm a relative late-comer to the Zaurus - about 18 months now but have come to love it; when I bought an 860 the excitement was immense as each discovery took place of new things it was capable of!

I wonder why Sharp have finished the line, when it's said to be have been a very popular product in Japan? Perhaps the W-Zero line has been so much more successful? Maybe we can hope that a 3rd party will buy the design and product like Hitachi did with the Flora and keep selling it.

I anticipate a price rise as people sitting on the fence decide to jump onboard (to nicely mix metaphors), just as happened when the 6000 was cancelled.

One thing for sure, I will be taking greater care of my baby, now that I know it's going to be irreplaceable. I am wondering whether to buy a C1000 as a backup and/or experimental machine.
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post Jan 12 2007, 10:24 AM
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Viva EL POCKETPENGUIN!!!!!!! Por Vida!!!!!

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post Jan 12 2007, 11:11 AM
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> and for how much time you (Pulster, Trisoft, other suppliers) will be able to supply Zaurus units and repair service?

Easy to answer: as long as there are customers, I will stock Zaurus.
Coming from the world of PSION PDAs, the Psion Series 3 was out of production 1996. Today, ten years later I am still selling some of this models. Quality products last long time.

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post Jan 12 2007, 11:25 AM
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QUOTE(speculatrix @ Jan 12 2007, 12:16 PM)
I feel very sad. I'm a relative late-comer to the Zaurus - about 18 months now but have come to love it; when I bought an 860 the excitement was immense as each discovery took place of new things it was capable of!

I wonder why Sharp have finished the line, when it's said to be have been a very popular product in Japan? Perhaps the W-Zero line has been so much more successful? Maybe we can hope that a 3rd party will buy the design and product like Hitachi did with the Flora and keep selling it.

I anticipate a price rise as people sitting on the fence decide to jump onboard (to nicely mix metaphors), just as happened when the 6000 was cancelled.

One thing for sure, I will be taking greater care of my baby, now that I know it's going to be irreplaceable. I am wondering whether to buy a C1000 as a backup and/or experimental machine.
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You won't regret getting a 1000. Having a Sandbox and Production machines means having less worries about messing things up. As a bonus lots of the parts are interchangeable for that fateful day. cool.gif
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