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10 Apr 2008
Has anyone tried any of these lightweight browsers?
3 Apr 2008
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.
29 Jan 2008
Debian Iceweasel doesn't seem to work under EABI, and it's a bit heavy for a Zaurus anyway. Minimo (installed from the Angstrom feed) works well for me, but the UI is a bit quirky, and things like URLs on the command line don't work. I've started work on fixing it:

Icehamster

Maybe this is of use to some of you. I'll build a proper .deb package as soon as I find the Minimo source...
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