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11 Mar 2010

Just restored my akita with the cacko rom from the above site. I'm not affiliated. Pls let me know if this is already posted.
28 Aug 2009
Hi all,

How do I restore a Zubuntu installation back to Cacko 1.23?

Tips? Appreciate if you can include links to any images or files needed. Thanks!
20 Aug 2009
Just popping in to see if there is anything new. Hope everyone is alive and kickin! biggrin.gif

After reading through the threads, esp the one on Zubuntu, I realised how lazy I've become!
Ever since I started using Ubuntu on my main notebook, I learn to take for granted the ease of use of Ubuntu and forget how hard it was to get my Zaurii (sl5500 and c1000) to work exactly the way I want it to.

Now with a netbook running Jaunty, it almost seem ridiculous to me to have to follow any precise steps in installing Ubuntu. Until I read the Zubuntu thread. wink.gif

I'm not complaining abt Zubuntu ... I have it (half) working on my c1000 but it's been months since I use it. I'm complaining about myself ... ... taking a back seat and not really willing to try out the latest greatest OS. Why, I even thought of restoring my c1000 back to Cacko just so that I know everything that was working would work as it did.

I only stopped because I was too lazy to even do that.

I blame it on the ease of use of Ubuntu!! laugh.gif ph34r.gif tongue.gif
11 Mar 2009

So hopefully this is one of the last times you needed to flash your Zaurus. From now on, if you want to try some distro, simply extract the filesystem on a CF or SD memory card. Multiple partitions are supported, and multiple filesystems (gzip, cramfs, romfs, xfs, minix, ext3, ext2, reiserfs, jfs). Simply create a /boot directory in the root of the filesystem. Rename the the kernel image to zImage and copy it into the /boot directory. Create a file named kernel-cmdline containing the kernel startup command line and optionally add a file named image.nfo containing a description of the distro, all in the /boot directory. After rebooting the device your new distro will show up in the boot menu automatically.

Can someone decipher this and give a step by step guide? Exact terminal commands with example /dev/sdc2 etc would be help.

1. Extract filesystem to CF, SD
Say SDHC card is used and detected as /dev/sdc. Partition 1 contains zubuntu and is at /dev/sdc1 while partition 2 is going to contain cacko at /dev/sdc2, mounted at /media/disk1.

Extracts cackoimage.tar.gz to present directory, /media/disk1
/media/disk1$ sudo tar xvzf /pathtocacko/cackoimage.tar.gz

2. Create a boot directory in the root of the filesystem. Which filesystem? /media/disk1?

$ mkdir /media/disk1/boot

3. Copy cacko kernel to /boot directory in the above filesystem

$ cp /mypath/zImage /media/disk1/boot/

4. Create a file named kernel-cmdline containing the kernel startup command line
How do we do that? In the boot directory as well? Ambiguous.

Create a new file kernel-cmdline at the boot directory
$ gedit /media/disk1/boot/kernel-cmdline

Insert the kernel startup command line. Erm ... how?? Sample?

5. Optionally add a file named image.nfo containing a description of the distro, all in the /boot directory

Create a new file image.nfo at the boot directory
$ gedit /media/disk1/boot/image.nfo

Insert a description of the distro.
Is this a unformatted plain text description or is there a format here? Sample?

Anyone with info on the above? Please help! Many thanks! smile.gif
8 Feb 2009
Hi all,

For the past 9 to 10 months, I've not been using my C1000 nor my 5500. I've been busy and neglecting them.
Around the same time, I started using Ubuntu on my 15.4" notebook and around mid last year, I got a Asus eeepc 701.

The eeepc did not get as much usage as my c1000 when I was still using it (the zaurus). It ran xandros and although one could install other OS onto it, I dabbled for awhile and basically stopped. I was too busy.

But all these months, I was using Ubuntu on my main notebook. Now looking back at the zaurus, I really appreciate how it is remarkable in many ways. For one, it was running linux. For two, many things just worked. So much so, I did not really knew that much about how things worked. For the notebook, sound and graphics were half the time working. So I spent many hours on the terminal configuring. I guess there was a realistic limit as to how much one could install and run on the Z, so it limited what one could tweak it to do. Further, I was just too comfy with Cacko and the apps in it basically did what I expected a tiny device like that to do. smile.gif

Now I wonder if I should step out of cacko and bring in zubuntu for my c1000.
I wonder if I use it often enough to warrant the investment in time and setup.
hmmm smile.gif

And the 5500? After neglecting it for almost 2 years, an over night charging brought it back to life again. Sometimes I wish it would die so I can get an Asus 900HA eeepc without feeling guilty! tongue.gif ... but it just booted up to opie 1.2 like nothing ever happened.

I wonder if SHARP will ever restart the zaurus line and take center stage once more. I wonder. I hope it does, 'cos it did such a good job with the zaurus hardware. But I also fear that it does. I doubt it would go rock bottom with pricing like Asus did. And I also fear that it (SHARP) would drop the platform after a few lame misguided attempts. Only this time, there are many other OEMs at the game, so we consumers will not be left in the cold.

I wish my eeepc had InstantOn like my zaurus, and had wakeup / alarm capabilities so I can use it for appointments. I also wish it (eeepc) had longer batt life like the z, or like the pre-color palm used to have. Two AA cells for a few weeks! Try beating that! tongue.gif

Maybe the 900HA will be my zaurus replacement. It boasts 5hrs batt life although we all know it will be more like 4~4.5hrs or less. Sure, it is lower than the zaurus, but it will be enough for now. It has the smallest footprint for a 8.9" netbook, longer (est?) batt life for its size and for a dirty cheap price at $299, it is even cheaper than my c1000 when I got it 2.5 years ago! It would have a 160gb hdd, so storage is not an issue. I have mobile broadband ready via USB, and if wifi is around, I can tap onto that. All without too much tinkering.

So unless SHARP pulls out something from its sleeves at the 11th hour, I see myself getting further away from my zaurus despite all its strengths and features that I love.

In the end, I may still keep the c1000, and once awhile, charge it up and show ppl how way before the netbooks, we had a convertible "tabletpda" running linux, surfing the web on firefox etc. wink.gif
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