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4 Jul 2007
I've been thinking hard about getting a 3200 (only $400 at PriceJapan!) when I read this:
QUOTE(arniel wrote in a different forum:)
I had a vision, once, that I could use my Z for all manner of tasks from being an MP3 player to reading pdf files to composing emails...Well, ever since upgrading from OZ 3.2 (I have a collie), the Z has been nothing but trouble with stupid problems like not being able to suspend properly, through extremely rough sound quality with mp2 files to general instability. For sure, the hardware is capable of useful things but the software sucks badly - nothing is ever stable.

This basically what I was hoping to get out of the Z, although I'd add VOIP, presentations (pdfs with a CF to VGA card, I can dream!), maybe porting SCID (chess database) with a good chess program (gnuchess or even crafty). Oh, and I've written some .php scripts to maneuver around my literature database, so I wouldn't mind running a web server so I could use those...

So: is the earlier post due to limitations of the collie? Am I delusional in thinking that I can get the 3200 to do what I want? How stable is pdaxrom (I would want an X server). I've been running various forms of linux since 1994 (ok, that really dates me) but haven't done too much sysadmin stuff other than recompiling the kernel & installing patches to get laptop functions like sound & modem working. Installing other people's code: easy. Re-writing my own drivers, eh probably not.

Thanks for any help. It's a significant enough investment (probably close to $800 w/accessories), plus returns are hard, that I want to have some idea of what I'm getting into.

Scott
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