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loom001
post Jun 4 2003, 12:47 PM
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Have any of you guys tried out open Zaurus? Looks very cool, would be interested to here your feedback if you have given it a try?

www.openzaurus.org

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offroadgeek
post Jun 4 2003, 02:19 PM
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I tried it once several months back, and I couldn't get it to work on some basic levels, ie. wireless networking - which then wouldn't allow me to install my core applications from my personal feed, etc.

I then went to Crows rom (based on Sharp's 2.38 rom), and fell in love with it. I'm now on Cacko's rom, and really like it.

Regarding your earlier post - I also saw your note on the zaurus.com/dev/board, and was reading thru the posts related to "dead" Zs, and was wondering if you've tried another ROM - that is other than the Sharp 3.10 ROM.

To get to the point (I actually have one somewhere!), try downloading Cackos files (mirrored in our downloads area), and pop the initrd.bin and zimage files on the root of your CF card, and try the flash process again.

It actually took several tries for me to successfully get the cacko rom working on my Z, but that was because I was an idiot with my SD card...
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eferrari
post Jun 6 2003, 11:46 AM
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I love OpenZaurus. I always think it strange that people find it hard to use, since I had more trouble with the Sharp ROMs than I did with OZ. Who knows? OpenZaurus 3.2 was a beautiful release. Note that I am weighing it against older sharp roms. I have not used the most recent 2.

OZ does some really smart things. For example, they treat the internal ROM as a writeable root partition. This does however confuse alot of people. They expect the ROM to be filled with stuff, but the OZ approach is actually the opposite. They put the minimal amount of things needed into the ROM and you download and install what you need.

One thing OZ does really well is it's config tools (i.e. the "Settings" tab) the package installer actually works - if you try and use the Sharp installer with an install taret other than root it fails most of the time.

offroad geek, funny how different our experiences have been. After installing the opie-wlansetup app, wireless cards on OZ are WAY easier than on the sharp rom.
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post Jun 6 2003, 01:10 PM
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If I remember correctly, my experiece was a while back (pre 3.2), and I honestly only had it imaged for about 15 minutes. I couldn't get one or two things working, so I gave up and went back to the familiar crow rom.

I wouldn't say at all that I gave it a fair chance before giving up. I probably was just impatient that night.

Just seeing a couple screenshots that loom001 posted the other day, I might try it again. It really looked beautiful!

Though I'm probably not going to invest much more money (ie. accessories, etc.) in my 5500, as I'm going to get the new 760. I'll probably just keep a stable build on the 5500, and play alot with the new one.

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loom001
post Jun 6 2003, 02:18 PM
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Just incase people wanted the screenshoot link here it is:

http://www.openzaurus.org/oz_website/content/screenies


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