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27 Feb 2017
If you are still planning to buy a GPD Win, I recommend this review. It's the most comprehensive one I have found so far:


There's also a handy "Getting started" guide at the end of the review, for those who have just bought it.

27 Feb 2017
According to Phawx on the Dingoonity forum, an upgraded successor of the GPD Win is in the works. Note, this is actually a new GPD Win 2, not the newer revision of the previous one (a.k.a. GPD Win 1 v2):


Preliminary specs for it indicate that its CPU would be based on the Apollo Lake 4200 architecture (15% faster than the Atom x7-Z8700/8750) and a slightly larger screen (6" vs. 5.5"). Some users have suggested to include a Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 instead, which is twice as fast, but it also has higher power consumptions and it is much pricier (~200$ more expensive).

To me it looks as a welcome upgrade for any new GPD Win user, but not worth upgrading to for existing ones.

23 Feb 2017

I think it is about time we do a general cleanup of the forums. Some of the forums here are not used anymore since many years, for various reasons (shrinking community, ROMs/distros not being used anymore...). I'm sure most of you will be now tired of reading on the front page about Omicron's Linux solution, the gizmoforyou.com website and that Portabase was put on Kickstarter smile.gif

I believe that it would be better to only keep the forums which are being used in the last few years, and consolidate more forums into one if they have been only rarely used. Furthermore, now that we have the new GPD forums, the forum's structure as is now would confuse any newcomer, as it is still taken for granted that the whole forum is devoted to the Zaurus. I believe this is what offroadgeek and dz were planning to do in the future when they renamed the forum from ZUG to OESF, i.e. to make this a generic support forum for many handhelds and portable devices based on Linux.

I have checked which forums have been used in the last year, here's the list:

Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates
General Discussion
GPD Forums
Angstrom & OpenZaurus
New products and alternatives
Hardware Mods
Arch Linux ARM
Off Topic forum
For Sale / Wanted

My idea is to create a new forum called "Archived forums", where all the unused forums would be moved to, while still regaining the original forums structure; for example, Distros, Development, and Model Specific Forums->Everything Development->Python would end up in Archived forums->Distros, Development, and Model Specific Forums->Everything Development->Python, and so on. All the archived forums and posts will be set as read-only, so it will be still possible to access them.

Since this will be a major update, I'll make a backup of both the forum's files and the database before starting the cleanup, so that in case something goes wrong I can quickly put back the old forum online. This is my proposed new forum structure, all the forums which are not listed below will be stored in the Archived section:

General Forums
- General Discussion
- For Sale / Wanted
- Off Topic forum
- New products and alternatives

Model Specific Forums
- Sharp Zaurus
- - Zaurus - Hardware discussion
- - Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support
- - Zaurus - Other distros support
- GPD Devices
- - GPD Pocket - hardware
- - GPD Win - hardware
- - GPD - Linux OS
- - GPD - Windows OS

Everything Else
- Embedded Linux Hardware / Software Index
- - ELSI News
- - ELSI General Discussion
- - ELSI Development
- OESF Wiki
- Site Specific Forums
- - Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates
- - OESF Announcements

Archived forums

Note that almost all the "new" forums are the same as the old one: I'll keep all the old posts in there, and make it possible to reply to all the old threads too; only the forums in the archived section will become read-only. The only new forums are Zaurus - Hardware discussion and Zaurus - Other distros support , which will not have any old post. By the way, with this new structure all the subforums inside GPD Devices will become visible in the main page. Remember that we can add any new forum at a later stage, if required. I'll keep for now the same structure for the Elsix forums, we'll decide how to handle them later, when the site will be back online.

Feel free to add any comment, I'll wait for a couple of weeks before proceeding (and I'll anyway announce it before starting).

21 Feb 2017

The user Snarf from the #zaurusfr IRC channel has kindly mirrored all the contents of the feed.zaurusfr.org here:


Both the feed on zaurusfr and this mirror are the only feeds hosting all the files for OpenZaurus and the Cackophonie files (an updated archive of Cacko stuff), plus some archives taken from various websites, for archival purposes.

Thanks Snarf!

16 Feb 2017

is anybody in touch with the owner of the feed on http://feed.zaurusfr.org ? I'm trying to contact him for a mirror of (at least) the OpenZaurus feed, plus anything hosted there that can't be found anywhere else on the net. I have tried to ask on the #zaurusfr channel (which is btw still used by a couple of users), but with no avail. Whois reports that it is owned by Francois Lecluse, I have tried to write a message to the listed email but it bounced back.

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