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> Who has a 6000?, Just wondering how many people have one
post Aug 20 2004, 11:12 AM
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I got my 6000L a few months back from a nice fellow on these boards. I'm just wondering how many other people have them now that they have been out for a little while.
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post Jan 3 2005, 03:26 AM
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I bought the SL-6000L for $380 on Amazon in early December, but I only recently picked it up because I had to fly home to the US to do so. A trustworthy friend of mine had recommended the Z to me when I mentioned that I was toying with the idea of buying a PDA -- that is, trying to invent enough reasons to justify it. My criteria were extremely specific and didn't help matters. I was looking for a sub-$400 model with a hideaway thumb keypad, lots of RAM, built-in WiFi, extensability, and with a dedicated community of developers and users. As a Mac user (switched in 2001 and now rabidly pro-Apple), the latter was especially important to me.

After unpacking and working with it for a little over a week, I must confess to being utterly wowed by the hardware but mildly disappointed by the software, above all the lack of a good sync utility. Handcom Word and Sheet are great, and so are QTmail and Opera (I've actually since installed the IBM multimodal version with Opera 7.55); but what I really need (okay, want) is a portable device that will handle all my contacts, e-mail, grocery shopping and book/CD/DVD lists, calendar entries and to-do's, and an MP3/AAC player -- a mini-Mac, in other words, something I can sync and take on holiday so I can listen to digital music and write, say, a book review and submit it from a hotspot on the road.

I went with the Z instead of a Palm primarily because I wanted to learn about Linux firsthand. I can't stomach the gadget-happy trendies who don't understand the technology they're blindly embracing, and I love the idea of open-source development. But I'm not a power user, and, as far and I can tell from what has been debated in these very forums, there appears to be a lot of OS choice -- fragmentation, you might call it -- but not a heck of a lot of useful, stable, feature-rich, updated software that works without serious command-line tweaking. GAIM, for example, hasn't been updated in almost a year, even though the website promises a v.5 "soon". This is one app I looked forward to installing, but I spent several frustrating hours trying to find a workaround before giving up. Same with the less-than-stellar (when it does work at all) ZMacSync. Even the trouble between Z models is discouraging, such as when newly released software -- Cacko 1.22 comes to mind -- runs on older or Japan-only Zs but not newer ones like the 6000.

Don't get me wrong. I have no regrets at all and no intention of parting with my 6000L anytime soon, but if I'm to be completely honest, I haven't collapsed on the floor due to unbridled hysterical elation over my Z. Maybe I was too much of a geek romantic to imagine such a thing was possible at all.

The lingering optimist in me does, however, see good things on the horizon with Qtopia 2.1 and (later still) 4, and maybe the forthcoming Palm Linux-based distro if it runs on the Z. Based on personal experience, I came to the Mac during the uncomfortable transition from OS 9 to OS X, back when X apps were in scarce supply and Mac/Win compatibility was still a niggling issue, and now I'm collapsed-on-the-floor-elated that I did.

If I'm missing anything here, please correct me. The Z, its history, its support base and the terminology are still very new, so I may easily have things mixed up or overlooked something obvious. But this, for better or worse, has been my first impression of the 6000.
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DrWily   Who has a 6000?   Aug 20 2004, 11:12 AM
nevarrie   I have had my SL-6000L since the midle of June and...   Aug 20 2004, 12:53 PM
coolass   Had mine since the end of March. Lovin it!...   Aug 21 2004, 08:13 AM
zaurist968   Got it. No regrets!   Aug 21 2004, 07:11 PM
dsavard   Have mine since early August. Sharp is not selling...   Aug 23 2004, 05:47 AM
bazmi   hi, had mine since mid may. super stuff. is my th...   Aug 23 2004, 08:52 AM
stevevw   Had mine since the end of May. The screen blows m...   Aug 23 2004, 11:53 AM
lek   I have had a Z6KL since mid August, it is great...   Sep 22 2004, 05:43 PM
gab74   I've my SL6000L from June !!! I ho...   Sep 23 2004, 04:28 AM
inman   I have a 6000L from Amazon and am waiting for a 60...   Sep 23 2004, 11:06 AM
cosinux   Had mine few days ago. It's a great machine an...   Sep 23 2004, 02:31 PM
cvmiller   Had mine since April. The SL-6000 is a fun (not so...   Sep 24 2004, 08:42 AM
angst   I have had my ZSL6kL since late May. Its a pretty ...   Sep 24 2004, 09:10 AM
bluedevils   QUOTE(cvmiller @ Sep 24 2004, 11:42 AM)Then I...   Sep 24 2004, 09:24 AM
smammon   QUOTE(cvmiller @ Sep 24 2004, 09:42 AM)I am v...   Sep 25 2004, 09:19 AM
pirlouit   Got mine beginning august; it came with me to Spai...   Sep 25 2004, 04:12 PM
lojack   I've had my 6000L for two months now but I sti...   Sep 25 2004, 07:45 PM
angst   QUOTE(lojack @ Sep 25 2004, 07:45 PM)I've...   Sep 26 2004, 07:06 AM
BarryW   Kismet doesn't connect you, it just listens.   Sep 26 2004, 10:12 AM
angst   QUOTE(BarryW @ Sep 26 2004, 10:12 AM)Kismet d...   Sep 27 2004, 07:00 AM
satch   Got mine is august. Can't imagine not having o...   Sep 27 2004, 09:04 AM
cvmiller   QUOTE(smammon @ Sep 25 2004, 09:19 AM)QUOTE(c...   Sep 27 2004, 09:52 AM
cvmiller   QUOTE(angst @ Sep 27 2004, 07:00 AM)QUOTE(Bar...   Sep 27 2004, 09:56 AM
the_oak   I ordered mine from Amazon last week. Hope to see ...   Oct 17 2004, 01:58 PM
fierywater   Just ordered it from Amazon. Paid for two-day ship...   Oct 17 2004, 04:36 PM
aki   Just got one. Ordered it from Amazon on Tue (late...   Oct 17 2004, 06:47 PM
GoLinux   Ordered one from Amazon last week, should get it O...   Oct 17 2004, 06:59 PM
simlai   Just got my SL-6000W from Japan, geez just figure ...   Oct 17 2004, 07:13 PM
hubcapboy   Me. University of Washington, Seattle... already...   Oct 17 2004, 07:55 PM
GoLinux   Hubcapboy, if they only knew.......   Oct 19 2004, 11:06 AM
fierywater   I'm still tired of people calling my PDAs (alm...   Oct 19 2004, 01:53 PM
the_oak   Mine arrived today (few days early). I had to dim ...   Oct 19 2004, 03:10 PM
neuroshock   I got mine from Amazon and fell immediately in lov...   Oct 20 2004, 11:32 AM
perseus   Got mine yesterday! I had been using palm, th...   Oct 22 2004, 11:09 AM
fierywater   Got mine a few days ago. One word to describe it: ...   Oct 22 2004, 11:37 AM
GoLinux   Finally got mine today!!! Gorge...   Oct 25 2004, 06:51 PM
amdonati   Got my 6000L today. I can only say that the scree...   Oct 26 2004, 02:10 AM
el_borak   QUOTE(GoLinux @ Oct 25 2004, 09:51 PM)A word ...   Oct 26 2004, 04:16 AM
rev   HI, new to board, week old newb to my shiney ne...   Oct 26 2004, 01:02 PM
davidk   Got mine today. Amazon -> Friend in Florida -...   Oct 27 2004, 09:39 AM
Mustang   I got mine a few days ago.. I love it. It's ...   Nov 9 2004, 05:12 PM
saakmotu   To repeat what everyone else has said, the screen ...   Nov 9 2004, 08:11 PM
darnold   Just got my SL 6000L today!! Sweet!...   Nov 9 2004, 09:44 PM
cycojesus   Just got it It's charging. I have a question ...   Nov 10 2004, 03:11 AM
nevarrie   QUOTE(el_borak @ Oct 26 2004, 06:16 AM)QUOTE(...   Nov 10 2004, 08:27 AM
tinyrooster   Hi! This is my first post here. I bought a 600...   Nov 10 2004, 04:21 PM
VANGELIS   Hi i got mine since three weeks from Amazon ...   Nov 11 2004, 10:48 AM
Razzle   Just got my Z6000W from Japan It's charging n...   Nov 11 2004, 11:24 AM
Gamboid   Had mine a few weeks just loaded Opie on it to che...   Nov 17 2004, 08:26 AM
johnw   I have one. Paid $449 from Amazon. Sold the...   Nov 17 2004, 08:36 AM
troywill1   New to the forum and new to the Zaurus, but not Li...   Nov 17 2004, 08:45 PM
MrCool80s   I had been looking for a paper-schdule replacement...   Nov 17 2004, 10:41 PM
Cyril92   I have a question about packaging : What's in ...   Nov 19 2004, 04:28 AM
cycojesus   QUOTE(Cyril92 @ Nov 19 2004, 01:28 PM)I have ...   Nov 19 2004, 04:48 AM
nilch   just got a 6000L from eBay, having been bitten by ...   Dec 20 2004, 01:49 PM
saakmotu   QUOTE(cycojesus @ Nov 19 2004, 12:48 PM)QUOTE...   Dec 20 2004, 02:23 PM
lek   yep, got an SL6K too. nice, nice! Lek   Dec 20 2004, 04:34 PM
Tehas   Ditto   Dec 20 2004, 07:22 PM
chazzz   Bought mine on eBay for about $420 new. It...   Dec 20 2004, 07:23 PM
vwxlr8ion   I have an SL6000L. I have owned an SL5500 and SL5...   Dec 22 2004, 07:06 AM
bluedevils   This is my ultra portable home webserver. The fir...   Dec 22 2004, 09:03 AM
offroadgeek   I too have a 6000L now... (yippee!). I'm ...   Dec 22 2004, 09:40 AM
bluedevils   Even though this is my third Z, I didn't reali...   Dec 22 2004, 10:26 AM
james_nak   Got my 6KL about a month or so ago from Amazon. I ...   Dec 25 2004, 08:55 AM
oyku   Got my SK-6000 a month ago from Amazon. I was just...   Dec 27 2004, 08:25 AM
dfisher   Hi all, Got mine two weeks ago and I can't be...   Dec 28 2004, 07:23 AM
scheck.r   Hi all, I just got my Z a month ago on Amazon for...   Dec 29 2004, 04:36 AM
eji   I bought the SL-6000L for $380 on Amazon in e...   Jan 3 2005, 03:26 AM
adf   I bought one on ebay (thought I bought one on amaz...   Jan 4 2005, 12:16 AM
stutteringp0et   Tonight, tonight, it's coming tonight. Hot da...   Jan 4 2005, 07:24 AM
byzantium   I picked mine up at the end of October when they w...   Jan 4 2005, 08:46 AM
range   I have had mine for about 2 weeks. Love it! I...   Jan 11 2005, 05:38 PM
inode0   QUOTE(oyku @ Dec 27 2004, 04:25 PM)My major p...   Jan 11 2005, 07:29 PM
Gondola   Howdy, new Zaurus SL-6000L owner here. Saw one av...   Jan 14 2005, 07:31 PM
RobbH   I've been the proud and mostly happy owner of ...   Jan 15 2005, 06:07 AM
gfdsa   Another happy owner here, impressed one   Jan 18 2005, 03:43 AM
Cyril92   I am an 'old' Zaurus user (had a C860 ,and...   Jan 22 2005, 04:25 PM
celtron   Received mine on Christmas eve of 2005; how memora...   Jan 26 2005, 11:43 PM
cwaig   I got mine from my wife as a Christmas present to ...   Jan 27 2005, 01:01 AM
rip   hello, another french 6000 user (proud and happy) ...   Feb 1 2005, 08:01 AM
mrossinc   I have had mine since December and still dont know...   Feb 2 2005, 07:47 PM
undrwater   Just sent a PayPal payment for a 6000L from ebay. ...   Feb 4 2005, 05:36 PM
nhorlock   Got my 6000L On Thursday. Bought it from a guy in ...   Mar 27 2005, 03:33 PM
systemparadox   As of this morning I am finally a 6000L owner...   Apr 7 2005, 08:39 AM
robyinno   I have buy SL6000L near Cristmas, from ebay , I li...   Apr 9 2005, 05:23 PM
systemparadox   QUOTE(cwaig @ Jan 27 2005, 09:01 AM)Been on a...   Apr 23 2005, 02:27 AM
eji   QUOTE(systemparadox @ Apr 23 2005, 10:27 AM)W...   Apr 23 2005, 03:15 AM
insomniux   Hi. My sl6000 came to me in december 2004. I was o...   May 4 2005, 02:25 PM
ken   QUOTE(insomniux @ May 4 2005, 12:25 PM)proble...   Jul 9 2005, 06:27 PM
ptexpress   I bought a Zaurus last November and have been usin...   Jul 9 2005, 05:50 PM
poor   Hi. I got mine just 10 days ago ,am from Spain and...   Apr 2 2006, 02:42 AM
Meanie   just a quick question for all the diffrent 6000 ow...   Apr 16 2006, 06:45 PM
Mickeyl   All tosa.   Apr 17 2006, 04:19 AM
Meanie   QUOTE(Mickeyl @ Apr 17 2006, 10:19 PM)All tos...   Apr 17 2006, 04:27 AM

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