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> I May Need To Change Rom, Need Suggestions, Unusual constraints
post Sep 12 2007, 06:14 PM
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I might finally give in and flash a new ROM but I'd like suggestions on which to choose. I'll explain my constraints. First, the main reason I might have to switch is that I can't make wpa supplicant work on the Sharp ROM, I don't think the ipks floating around work for it. (But suggestions on how to accomplish this are welcome too).

I use my Zaurus mostly on trips and I travel quite a bit, both for business and personal reasons. At home, I don't use the Zaurus much, other than fiddle with it. My main constraints are the following:

1. Networking and Internet

1.1 Software
I need a good network applet, like the Sharp ROM's that allows me to easily switch between several network configurations and save the settings. I can edit conf files but I don't to want to edit one for a airport hotspot, one for the hotel and a third for a conference center, all in a couple of days. I also need a good browser, which at a minimum will allow me to authenticate at wifi hotspots. I am happy with Netfront and wouldn't like to have to downgrade the browser.

1.2 Hardware
In addition to wifi, I often find myself using wired ethernet and occasionally a land line modem. So I need these to work. I don't have a cellphone which I can use with the Zaurus. I could look into one, if it is a viable alternative as long as it is reasonably priced and works in any country, but it may be asking too much.

2. Presentations

When I travel for work, I often give talks and although I prefer a blackboard (despite the gadget fetish smile.gif ) I often have to give slideshow presentations. I use the Sharp presentation program and the IO-Data CFXGA card. I have scripts on my desktop to convert TeX generated pdfs to jpgs so I can use in the presentation program and even have TeX and ImageMagick on the Zaurus just in case. Again, these have to work flawlessly or have equivalent (as good or better) alternatives.

It would be good to have a functioning package manager, movie player and the usual goodies, but that's not essential.

I await your recommendations, thank you.

Also, for those who might recommend Cacko, can I restore a Sharp ROM backup on Cacko?
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post Dec 8 2011, 07:20 AM
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I am sorry I did not see this thread on a timely basis. But I am answering in case it might help someone else.

I would do a backup of the Sharp ROM, then install Cacko, then backup Cacko, THEN try restoring to backup with the Sharp backup. If you end up with Cacko remaining, some files will be where you want, some may need moving or renaming. If you really do not like what you get, then you can either revert to Sharp ROM and restore that backup, or try extracting the files you need from your Sharp backup, so you keep Cacko but port the specific files you need over.

Yes, CapNFish was right, there is a thread about extracting specific files, I do not know where it is but I know where my page is about how to do that:


But it is definitely not a one click option. Also, I think porting networking settings and options is bound to be imperfect, I know for me, even trying to port networking stuff from my collie to Tosa was not straightforward, differences in username and group membership have to be tweaked, not a simple thing IMO.
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