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datathief
post Apr 3 2008, 03:03 PM
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I've been using an HTC Universal for a month now, and I've all but forgotten about my poor Zaurus. ohmy.gif

Pros:
  • Runs Debian EABI, including X.
  • About the same size as a clamshell Zaurus.
  • 640x480 screen.
  • I get about 9 hours life with the extended battery.
  • Was sold in Europe, and it's still easy to get accessories.
  • No touchscreen jitter.
  • Backlit keyboard.
  • Built-in Wifi, Bluetooth and GPRS/UMTS for internet access almost anywhere.
Cons:
  • Stuck at 2.6.21 (not a major problem).
  • Wifi driver is unstable.
  • Running from an SD card is slow.
  • No USB Host, CF or SD (SD socket is occupied because you can't install on the internal flash).
  • Takes some hacking to get everything working.
Does anyone else here have one of these? Would there be any interest in creating a Debian "distro" for it?

Update: See here for progress so far.

Update 2: I've uploaded a Debian package to install the keymap, power management, sound and phone functions here.
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ArchiMark
post Apr 10 2008, 06:03 PM
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Sounds interesting, datathief.....

How is the keyboard and display?

Also, is there handwriting recognition app available if you run linux?

Keep us posted....

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datathief   Htc Universal   Apr 3 2008, 03:03 PM
ZDevil   Wow. That's sounds really cool. Any pointer to...   Apr 3 2008, 03:38 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 3 2008, 11:38 PM) Wow....   Apr 4 2008, 02:53 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 4 2008, 12:53 PM) T...   Apr 10 2008, 12:24 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 10 2008, 08:24 PM)...   Apr 14 2008, 06:15 AM
ShiroiKuma   Wow, I think I'm gonna go buy this phone... D...   Apr 14 2008, 01:34 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 14 2008, 09:34 PM)...   Apr 14 2008, 03:18 PM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 15 2008, 01:18 AM) ...   Apr 15 2008, 12:55 AM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 15 2008, 08:55 AM)...   Apr 15 2008, 03:07 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 15 2008, 01:07 PM) ...   Apr 15 2008, 04:59 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 14 2008, 04:15 PM) ...   Apr 15 2008, 11:48 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 16 2008, 07:48 AM)...   Apr 16 2008, 01:26 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 16 2008, 11:26 AM) ...   Apr 16 2008, 03:39 AM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 16 2008, 11:39 AM)...   Apr 16 2008, 03:50 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 16 2008, 01:50 PM) ...   Apr 16 2008, 05:05 AM
speculatrix   very interesting to hear of progress on the HTC un...   Apr 10 2008, 01:02 PM
ArchiMark   Sounds interesting, datathief..... How is the key...   Apr 10 2008, 06:03 PM
scheck.r   QUOTE(ArchiMark @ Apr 11 2008, 04:03 AM) ...   Apr 11 2008, 01:53 AM
datathief   QUOTE(ArchiMark @ Apr 11 2008, 02:03 AM) ...   Apr 14 2008, 06:09 AM
ArchiMark   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 14 2008, 07:09 AM) ...   Apr 16 2008, 10:08 AM
ZDevil   Cool! I am also going to receive it from ebay ...   Apr 16 2008, 12:06 AM
ShiroiKuma   You're not mad man, it's the way to go. I...   Apr 16 2008, 01:05 AM
ZDevil   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 16 2008, 11:05 AM)...   Apr 16 2008, 02:03 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 16 2008, 12:03 PM) I t...   Apr 16 2008, 02:42 AM
ZDevil   If there is enough interest, we can ask for a new ...   Apr 16 2008, 01:08 AM
ZDevil   Just curious: How long does the battery last when ...   Apr 16 2008, 01:33 AM
datathief   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 16 2008, 09:33 AM) Jus...   Apr 16 2008, 02:12 AM
ZDevil   That's impressive ... Now i am thinking of buy...   Apr 16 2008, 02:33 AM
ZDevil   Oops. Stupid me. I am confusing things here. True...   Apr 16 2008, 02:59 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 16 2008, 12:59 PM) Oop...   Apr 16 2008, 03:33 AM
ZDevil   Two pointers: http://forum.xda-developers.com/ind...   Apr 16 2008, 03:19 AM
ZDevil   Great page. Thanks again, Mr. Titchy.   Apr 16 2008, 04:40 AM
ZDevil   Hoho ... I am reading the chapter in the Service M...   Apr 16 2008, 09:20 AM
ZDevil   In terms of specs the Z and the HTC Universal have...   Apr 16 2008, 11:02 AM
ArchiMark   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 16 2008, 12:02 PM) In ...   Apr 16 2008, 12:35 PM
datathief   Some notes on Linux support for the HTC Universal:...   Apr 16 2008, 01:13 PM
desertrat   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 16 2008, 09:13 PM) ...   Apr 17 2008, 06:44 AM
garmiste   The Universal looks more and more tempting. I have...   Apr 16 2008, 01:15 PM
ZDevil   @datathief: Thanks for the update again. I saw you...   Apr 16 2008, 01:20 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 16 2008, 09:20 PM) @da...   Apr 16 2008, 02:04 PM
ZDevil   Okay. For clearer comparison here are the results ...   Apr 16 2008, 02:06 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 16 2008, 10:06 PM) My ...   Apr 16 2008, 02:48 PM
ShiroiKuma   All right, I just bought the phone, gettimg ready ...   Apr 16 2008, 04:14 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 17 2008, 12:14 AM)...   Apr 17 2008, 01:23 AM
ShiroiKuma   OK, intermediate report, going quite well... I...   Apr 17 2008, 02:54 AM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 17 2008, 10:54 AM)...   Apr 17 2008, 03:25 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 17 2008, 12:25 PM) ...   Apr 17 2008, 04:03 AM
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datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 17 2008, 12:40 PM)...   Apr 17 2008, 05:14 AM
datathief   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 17 2008, 01:14 PM) ...   Apr 17 2008, 05:25 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 17 2008, 02:25 PM) ...   Apr 17 2008, 07:04 AM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 17 2008, 03:04 PM)...   Apr 17 2008, 08:06 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 17 2008, 05:06 PM) ...   Apr 17 2008, 12:17 PM
datathief   FYI, I've fixed a bug in htcunid (it crashed i...   Apr 17 2008, 08:21 AM
ZDevil   Digging out this pretty old review (30 months ago)...   Apr 16 2008, 02:50 PM
ZDevil   Just chrooted into the rootfs on my SD and checked...   Apr 16 2008, 04:30 PM
ShiroiKuma   Update, this doesn't solve it, so it's (pr...   Apr 17 2008, 03:08 AM
ZDevil   So ShiroiKuma did you manage to get X running as r...   Apr 18 2008, 12:03 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Apr 18 2008, 09:03 AM) So ...   Apr 18 2008, 02:32 AM
ZDevil   @ShiroiKuma Try this: http://www.oesf.org/forum/i...   Apr 18 2008, 02:43 AM
ShiroiKuma   OK, I seem to have a clearer understanding from re...   Apr 18 2008, 02:45 AM
ShiroiKuma   OK, this is clear, I'll get on with install an...   Apr 18 2008, 03:25 AM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 18 2008, 11:25 AM)...   Apr 18 2008, 05:30 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 18 2008, 02:30 PM) ...   Apr 18 2008, 06:03 AM
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datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 18 2008, 08:05 PM)...   Apr 18 2008, 01:09 PM
ShiroiKuma   OK, will try the above. My comments so far: SMS ...   Apr 18 2008, 03:36 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 18 2008, 11:36 PM)...   Apr 19 2008, 02:16 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 19 2008, 12:16 PM) ...   Apr 19 2008, 06:19 AM
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datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 20 2008, 11:33 AM)...   Apr 20 2008, 05:52 AM
ShiroiKuma   Will test soon. BTW, I've changed your wiki e...   Apr 20 2008, 09:28 AM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 20 2008, 03:52 PM) ...   Apr 20 2008, 01:40 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 20 2008, 09:40 PM)...   Apr 20 2008, 11:54 PM
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datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 22 2008, 03:34 PM)...   Apr 22 2008, 01:58 PM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 19 2008, 04:19 PM)...   Apr 19 2008, 10:48 AM
ZDevil   Perhaps it's not such a bad idea to set up and...   Apr 18 2008, 10:03 AM
danboid   Oh Wow! Big congrats datathief on some legend...   Apr 19 2008, 08:32 AM
datathief   QUOTE(danboid @ Apr 19 2008, 04:32 PM) Oh...   Apr 19 2008, 08:59 AM
ShiroiKuma   Additional issues with X I've installed X acco...   Apr 20 2008, 09:42 PM
ArchiMark   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 20 2008, 10:42 PM)...   Apr 21 2008, 06:56 AM
ShiroiKuma   Yeah, something weird is happening, it seems xdm, ...   Apr 21 2008, 07:39 AM
ShiroiKuma   Accessing other SD partitions Is anyone successful...   Apr 20 2008, 09:46 PM
datathief   QUOTE(ShiroiKuma @ Apr 21 2008, 05:46 AM)...   Apr 20 2008, 11:56 PM
ShiroiKuma   QUOTE(datathief @ Apr 21 2008, 09:56 AM) ...   Apr 21 2008, 01:37 AM
ArchiMark   Well...received my Universal today.... Just tried...   Apr 22 2008, 08:30 PM
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