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> Got My Netwalker Today! Zaurus Successor At Last....., Calling All Netwalkeristas....
post Dec 16 2009, 08:15 PM
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FYI, today, I received my Netwalker (Black) from a fellow Zauruster...

So far, I'm quite pleased with the Netwalker and find it to be better than I had expected given the reviews...

Very nice piece of hardware, has the Sharp build quality that we Zauruster's like and if you compare it to a clamshell Zaurus then I think it compares quite favorably; built-in WiFi, fullsize standard USB port, bit larger than Zaurus so, easier to read display and larger keys (yes, they rock, but it's OK...you get used to it...), and yet it fits comfortably in the inside coat pocket of my jacket...so, very light and portable....

WiFi worked great right away and so did my Apple USB ethernet adapter....

Also, think it's great to have an OS like Ubuntu instead of Qtopia and hopefully, there will be OS updates periodically....

All in all, think this is definitely a worthy successor to the Zaurus...

Think it would be great to see more interest in it around here....

Meanwhile, I'm trying to connect with anyone who has taken the plunge and bought a Netwalker so that we can share experiences and info......have connected with someone in Germany and France so far and hope to find other Netwalkeristas..... smile.gif

Thought of calling our group, NUTS, for Netwalker User Testing Society, as you probably need to be a bit nuts to get one, but what the heck....

Would be great if we can have enough interest to be able to have a Netwalker section added to the forums!

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post Dec 17 2009, 02:41 PM
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I also have a Netwalker, since a few weeks. I've already have a few hacking session with it.

Things that I have managed to do :

* rebuild the kernel (http://laterrevuedailleurs.fdn.org/en/informatique/zaurus/message_how_to_update_and_flash_the_kernel_on_the_netwalker__sharp_pc_z1_/index.html NB put the URL on a single line !)

* enable wake-up on RTC, in order to use the Netwalker as a PDA (http://laterrevuedailleurs.fdn.org/fr/informatique/zaurus/message_wake_up_on_rtc_alarm_for_the_netwalker/index.html and http://laterrevuedailleurs.fdn.org/fr/info...ts_/index.html)

* use an USB-to-DVI / USB-to-VGA converter with the Netwalker. I used a DisplayLink based converter, but older converter using usbsisvga have been reported to work too. Information for using DisplayLink device on Linux can be found here : http://libdlo.freedesktop.org/wiki/FrontPage . They are not specific to the Netwalker, but works well on the Netwalker.

Things that are still problematic :
* the Netwalker does not suspend after a period of inactivity when the lid is closed (e.g. after a wake up on RTC).
* Sunbird calendar is INCREDIBLY slow.
* I tried to install newer Ubuntu Karmic (ARM version) from a USB key, but without success.

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