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post Dec 9 2008, 11:55 PM
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Hi all, first post (well, practically).

I found a 3200 at a flea market recently and was going to sell, but my penchant for gadgetry has, I think, overcome my desire for extra holiday funds. So, it's likely going to stay here with me for at least a while... Or I decide it doesn't serve much useful purpose (and I've decided that of lots of PDA's and similar items, including a Fujitsu U810 a couple of months ago - a fun gadget but too small for XP and the keyboard was neither thumb- nor touch-type friendly).

Anyway, I was wondering what the deal was with distros. I initially put pdaXii113 Akita Full on it but found the lag for opening apps and general speed to be really intolerable. I repartitioned/restored the HD for Cacko 1.23 and that's what I am running now. It's clean and fairly quick, but I wonder if I'm missing much flexibility. What about just plain old pdaXrom? Spitz vs. Akita? Yep, I've done some googling and some searching of these forums but haven't yet uncovered a thread that answered these questions (especially not one that was fairly recent).

Also, I'm gleaning that there's no simple method of getting Firefox/Mozilla on Cacko - so is there a Java and Flash ipk or other procedure to get streaming video and other flash or web based stuff running on it? Bear in mind, before this thing my Linux experience was limited to one simple install of Ubuntu on a desktop for work - and that's it.

Many thanks... smile.gif
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post Dec 10 2008, 12:23 PM
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Because the N810's keyboard is lousy, the OS is lousy (unless you use Debian, in which case it's just slow, if you think pdaXii13 was slow, you'll be in for a surprise AFAIK), it has binary drivers that are a pain, etc.

Anyway, if you aren't aware of this now, Cacko & Sharp ROM, pdaXrom, pdaXii13, Angstrom, Debian, and OZ's packages don't usually play nice with each other, so if you were trying to install an OZ app onto Cacko, it might SEEM to go OK, but will likely not work. There are a few exceptions, but they're quite complicated.

The main downside to Cacko is the lack of development. It's not getting any newer, and there really aren't any new apps being built for it.
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post Dec 10 2008, 02:45 PM
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QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Dec 10 2008, 12:23 PM) *
Because the N810's keyboard is lousy, the OS is lousy

Thanks Cap. My brief handling of the N810 didn't allow me to get very far into it. No wonder they're not going for that much on eBay and elsewhere.

So far, Cacko seems the quickest and 'polished' environment at first, but I'd like to avail myself of more robust and newer apps like Gimp (which I got running under X/QT but as others have found, it's not usable due to performance (understandable considering the overhead, I suppose).

Do you have a suggestion as to which distro is optimal, considering I've tried pdaXii13 Full and Cacko? I'm not an utter simpleton but Linux thus far has proven a steep learning curve for me. I'm 40 and I don't adapt so well to radically different ways of installing and tweaking... I've come from handhelds running basically one OS, whether they be PalmOS, WinMob or otherwise.

Thanks again!
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pixelator   Distros On The 3200: Pdax Vs Xii113 Vs Cacko Vs..?   Dec 9 2008, 11:55 PM
Jon_J   Found at a flea-market - WOW I paid over $400...   Dec 10 2008, 07:33 AM
pixelator   Thanks Jon, that was exactly the sort of opinion I...   Dec 10 2008, 10:40 AM
Capn_Fish   Because the N810's keyboard is lousy, the OS i...   Dec 10 2008, 12:23 PM
pixelator   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Dec 10 2008, 12:23 PM) ...   Dec 10 2008, 02:45 PM
Jon_J   QUOTE(pixelator @ Dec 10 2008, 12:40 PM) ...   Dec 10 2008, 12:36 PM
Jon_J   pixelator To get WPA working in Cacko, try the try...   Dec 10 2008, 01:21 PM
pixelator   Yep, I did follow that exact (archived) website an...   Dec 10 2008, 01:27 PM
Jon_J   Install zeditor in cacko to edit text files. You c...   Dec 10 2008, 01:51 PM
Jon_J   It works! I use WPA PSK on my wireless rout...   Dec 10 2008, 02:07 PM
speculatrix   cacko works, but you have to consider it basically...   Dec 10 2008, 02:38 PM
pixelator   Jon, thanks again for your suggestions. I had act...   Dec 10 2008, 03:05 PM
pixelator   It's too bad... So then am I correct in assumi...   Dec 10 2008, 03:07 PM
speculatrix   QUOTE(pixelator @ Dec 10 2008, 11:07 PM) ...   Dec 10 2008, 03:27 PM
Jon_J   QUOTE(pixelator @ Dec 10 2008, 05:05 PM) ...   Dec 10 2008, 03:18 PM
pixelator   QUOTE(Jon_J @ Dec 10 2008, 03:18 PM) Noth...   Dec 10 2008, 04:26 PM
Jon_J   You'll need to add a linux partition to the HD...   Dec 10 2008, 05:10 PM
Capn_Fish   I'm feeling kind of at a loss for what to reco...   Dec 10 2008, 05:30 PM
Jon_J   Capn_Fish A bit off topic, but still referring to ...   Dec 10 2008, 08:26 PM
pixelator   Which version of Debian, though? EABI?   Dec 10 2008, 10:45 PM

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