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25 May 2005
I am a veteran when it comes to opie, however i have never flashed GPE on my sl 5500, however i can see that gpe is progressing well, and i do think that the future for linux handhelds will be based on X (or a micro version of it) considering the large apps alredy avilable.
So I need some help,
1. What are the benefits of using GPE
2. All i need is a working setup, power on and off etc working ok, i dont mind broken package managers I cna use ipkg from the command line.
3. Working internet tools, like mozilla/minimo, sylpheed
Will i get these if i switch to GPE?
28 Mar 2005
I have noticed that the sl c3000 uses kernel 2.4.20 and the sources are available on sharps site.
I would like to ask wether it is possible to use the new kernel (2.4.20) with future OE releases, than the old 2.4.18 rmk one.

IMHO the only reason we are using the 2.4.18 is because of the binary only sd driver from sharp. We should ditch the SD thing (its a propriotory closed format) which has been hindering us from moving to a newer kernel for a long time. We should instead write/use a existing MMC driver and forget about the whole SD thing.

There is a lot of hype about OZ moving to the 2.6 kernels, well that will anyway break the SD compatibility as there is no SD driver for the 2.6 yet, so in the meantime till a 2.6 zaurus kernel comes out I suggest that we move ahead with newer 2.4 releases than that 2.4.18 release.
27 Feb 2005
I managed to get exult cross compiled for oz 3.5.2
Here is the working binary
http://sinhalasearch.com/exult

It works perfectly however there is a weird problem, the default fmopl midi driver seems to stutter on my 5500.

So my solution was to use the libsdl's mixer_midi driver. I had to edit the audio/Midi.cc and add the lines,

#include "midi_drivers/mixer_midiout.h"
TRY_MIDI_DRIVER(Mixer_MidiOut);

Of course this requires that you have the timidity patch set installed and that /usr/local/timidity is symlinked to that patch set, when run sdl_mixer finds the patches and you get beautiful midi music on the Z :-)

Here is a link to that binary
http://sinhalasearch.com/exult_timidity



I setup everything in the /mnt/card/u7 directory.

Here is my ~/.exult.cfg
http://sinhalasearch.com/.exult.cfg
Here is a directory listing of my /mnt/card/u7 directory......

http://sinhalasearch.com/dir_list

Hope you have fun with exult :-)

I will post the compilation instructions shortly, in a seperate mail, i am busy now and have to go......compilation involves some hacks for example the sdl-config file has to be changed etc....i will cover this soon.....

I am aware that some people are reluctant to run binaries on there Z, but rest assured that this is the real thing, you can see in the oz updates changelog that my suggestions for prboom have resulted in it been added to the oz feed, so you know that i am not some script kiddie posting trojans here.
23 Feb 2005
Hi all,
I have noticed lirc-collie in the upgrades feed, how do i use it, where do i find the kernel modules for lirc? If anyone can help me find the kernel modules for lirc and i can use my zaurus as a remote i will be a very happy guy :-)
16 Feb 2005
I would like to know that when a application writes to the default tmp directory (/var), where does it write to, is it to the flash memory(which has a limited read write cycle) or the ram?

I would like to know how to use OZ in order to minimise the writes to the flash memory?
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