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> New Zaurus owner, Z and Mac questions
post Feb 19 2004, 04:40 AM
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Hi, I'm going to get a new ( to me ) 5500 soon. I'm trying to figure out what ROM to use and which one might be best for the Mac.

To start with, I want to connect to OS X using the USB driver that I downloaded. Later I'll get a wireless CF card.

From what I read, I cant sync with Qtopia desktop on the mac if I use a newer sharp ROM. Does that same thing apply to the Tkc ROM?

Will OZ sync to Qtopia over the USB network connection?

Which ROMS for the 5500 have the SMB mount?

If I go to a non-sharp ROM, can I preserve the apps like mobile office and the Java runtime? Do these run on OZ?

I'm willing to work on a long-term Mac/Z sync solution, what projects are best to start with?

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post Feb 23 2004, 12:13 PM
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> Hi, I'm going to get a new ( to me ) 5500 soon. I'm trying to figure out what ROM to use and which one might be best for the Mac.

Great!

> To start with, I want to connect to OS X using the USB driver that I downloaded. Later I'll get a wireless CF card.

Use the driver from www.lucid-cake.net

I have also used a SanDisk CF WLAN card with an Airport Base Station or in direct (computer-computer) mode. Unfortunately, I have changed to a D-LINK base station and now, the connection hangs.

> From what I read, I cant sync with Qtopia desktop on the mac if I use a newer sharp ROM. Does that same thing apply to the Tkc ROM?

not tried

> Will OZ sync to Qtopia over the USB network connection?

not tried

> Which ROMS for the 5500 have the SMB mount?

at least ROM 3.10 - simply use Open Server from Finder and type smb://ZAURUS - use guest as user and empty password. Then, this should automagically open the Main Memory (which is /home/samba) and the memory cards.

> If I go to a non-sharp ROM, can I preserve the apps like mobile office and the Java runtime? Do these run on OZ?

not tried

> I'm willing to work on a long-term Mac/Z sync solution, what projects are best to start with?

Hm. Have a look at our project: http://www.dsitri.de/wiki.php?page=DigitalCompanion

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post Feb 23 2004, 06:16 PM
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Thanks for the information!

>Hm. Have a look at our project: http://www.dsitri.de/wiki.php?page=DigitalCompanion

This looks like quite an ambitious project. Do you hope to offer iCal/Address book sync via iSync?
I will probably check this out, as I am also interested in finding out how to integrate a cross development environment into Xcode.
I had an example of how to create a new project template in the earlier Mac OS X developer tools, but that seems to be different with Xcode..

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alan
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post Feb 24 2004, 01:53 AM
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This looks like quite an ambitious project. Do you hope to offer iCal/Address book sync via iSync?  

Yes, is planned (when the mySTEP library becomes stable enough). There was an AddressBook Framework contributed recently to GNUstep - and it should compile for the Zaurus as well. And, of course, we need the addresses application.
For iCal there is unfortunately no standard Framework - but iCal used the vCard/vCalendar standard.
So both are on the Agenda - but still some time in the future.
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I will probably check this out, as I am also interested in finding out how to integrate a cross development environment into Xcode.  
I had an example of how to create a new project template in the earlier Mac OS X developer tools, but that seems to be different with Xcode..

We also have a precompiled cross-compiler (gcc-2.95.3) to plug into Xcode. Setup is as simple as downloading and installing the .pkg together with the mySTEP SDK http://www.dsitri.de/wiki.php?page=mySTEP.
And adding a new Shell Script Build Phase to an existing Xcode project and adding/editing approx. 10 lines in the shell script.
Compilation adds a Linux-ARM directory to the Contents branch of the Application bundle and stores the ARM executable there. NIB files are automagically converted into XML based MIB-files by the nib2mib tool (is part of mySTEP-SDK).
To run the created application bundle on the Zaurus, you also need the myPDA and mySTEP runtime packages installed on the Z.
A short description is at the bottom of this page
http://www.dsitri.de/wiki.php?page=Zaurus-X-gcc

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