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16 Sep 2004
Hello all,

I'm a new SL-6000L user/owner in the US. After a month of use I must say, it is NOT what I expected. The device looks great, and functions well out of the box. However, adding the apps that I wanted proved to be more of an undertaking than I expected, and with no support from Sharp. For example, I am still unable to get kismet installed and working correctly on this device. In fact, the kismet ipk isn't even recognized as a zaurus package from the 'Package Installer'. When I select the package --stored on an SD-card-- the 'Package Installer' begins but nothing is displayed in the window. And, no error messages are reported. <sigh> (kismet package from http://www.elsix.org/downloads/apps/ and kismet-qt package from http://sourceforge.net/projects/kismet-qte/). kismet-qt installed fine, however, it is useless without kismet (obviously).

pdf files? What apps do people use to view pdf files? I installed qpdf2 (qpdf2-freetype-2.2.1-20040217) but the fonts look horrible (who would have thought...font issues on a Linux device???). I even installed some other fonts, such as fonts-bitstream-vera-sans-mono, but they don't seem to help. Also, qpdf2 doesn't work with the rotated screen.

What apps do people use to encrypt files on their Zs?

What terminal apps do people suggest/recommend for the SL-6000L?

Desktop software? WOW! The software supplied by Sharp for WinXP is HORRIBLE. Qtopia Desktop for Windows doesn't look much better either. I thought the desktop software was much further along than it is. Truth is, I had no itention of using my Z with Windows anyway. I was just surprised to see how unpolished the desktop software was.

That brings up another issue. Synching the Z with Linux. That's an undertaking I haven't even begun yet. I'll be reading through these threads for a while before I try that. Unfortunately, there aren't too many threads in here --or anywhere else for that matter-- that relate to the SL6000L.

Any tips for a new Z user/owner?

ALL tips/suggestions are welcome. Please.

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