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19 Oct 2008
Well, I have to say it has been an adventure. I got my first Zaurus, a 5500, in maybe 2004, and my 3100 in 2006. I had been using them fairly regularly as my only portable machine.

The crunch came last Spring (well, January, actually), when I went on sabbatical to Spain. My Zaurus 3100 was my only computer for this trip. I had thought that I'd have a computer in my office (at the University of Valencia), and I did, but it was not reliable, and did not have the software I wanted, so I usually just used my Z. Aside from e-mail, banking, and usual web stuff, I used it two write 2 papers and several lectures.

By the time I was back in the US, I was somewhat fried with the small screen and small keyboard, and with the limited software (especially internet software and mathematical software), so I got an eeepc. I immediately stopped using the Z, and have been much happier with the physical setup of the eee (701) as well as software availability.

So, I have sold my Zauri, and am checking out of this community.

I have to say you guys have been great in terms of support and development for the Zaurus; truly selfless devotion of hundreds of hours to development of installation packages, special programs and scripts, custom kernels, and a huge amount of bug-chasing and hardware adaptation. It has been great. The development of software for these machines has really made great strides, and I have used nearly all of the various available systems, from the stock ROM through debian-eabi.

So, thanks for all the help, and good-bye. Keep up the good work.
11 Sep 2008
I have, sad to say, abandoned the Zaurus world, seduced by the discrete charms of eee. Oh well, my loss is your gain.

I have two Zauri for sale, both used but in good condition. I also have several accessories.

#1: Zaurus 3100. This has cortez' kernel, 2.6.23 (in flash), and a completely functional debian sid distribution. I've been using it from 2006 until this August when I got my eee. This was my only machine while I was in Spain from January to June of 2008. It worked like a charm, no problems. It has a complete LaTeX distribution, LyX, icehamster (minimo with options), sylpheed, etc. Lots of solid software. I use an Ambicom 1100 wifi card that works, but lost part of its cover some time back and has tape to protect the innards. I also have a cf LAN card, a cf modem, and a wifi card that was supposed to do b/g, but I could never get it to work. It also comes with an extra battery, the charger, a replacement pointer since I don't know what happened to the original. It won't come with any memory cards unless you really want the 64meg sd...

I also have two usb converters, one with the mini-A jack so you can plug in a keychain drive or a mouse (except the mouse has to be held sideways...).

I want $250 US plus shipping, including all these accessories.

#2: Zaurus 5500. Works fine. I have OZ on it from about 2006, and I haven't touched it since. It has a cradle (I think), charger, extra battery, and a car charger. The car charger does not, I don't think, work on the 3100.

I only want $50 for this with the accessories. If the person buying the 3100 doesn't want one of the cf devices I'll throw it in.

Pictures will be on http://www.lehigh.edu/~dlj0/zauri when I can get them uploaded. They will just be the jpg files without additional explanation, but they are pretty obvious. Both machines are shown while running.

Contact me off this forum at david.johnson@lehigh.edu. As the e-mail suggests, I'm in the US, in Pennsylvania, to be precise.
24 Apr 2008
I want to see if using my usb mouse will make writing easier. I'm using my Z for everything now, office and home. But I am in the midst of writing a bunch of stuf, and I think the mouse will make things a bit easier.

I used to have it working, although I have to hold it sideways because it thinks right-left is up-down. I'll deal with that. But now I can't get it running at all. ISTR blacklisting mousedev to cut down jitter with the touchscreen, but manually adding it does not help. The mouse is just not recognized.

I have a 3100, using debian eabi, started with titchy but am using youngen's 2.6.23 kernrl (I believe -- that was a while back). Usb works fine for flash drives, and like I said it used to work with the mouse, but no longer.

Any hints appreciated.
8 Jan 2008
I was wondering if there was a skype or clone thereof that would allow me to make internet phone calls through my Z. And, if it is available, does it work OK? I am using debian eabi.
8 Dec 2007
I noticed the uploading of the midori browser, and tried it out.

Both this and epiphany-webkit have some significant bugs, but they are also quite fast and can handle my bank's evil website.

Midori is actually better with the bank; it's quite usable.

It does lack a few things, like you can't load a webpage into a running version of it, you can only run it as "midori http://www.bankofamerica.com" or whatever. But it does navigate pretty well. Neither of these saves the cookie it needs to in order to remember who I am from login to login.

epiphany-webkit ignores commands (either button-presses or menu selections) for back/forward, or quit, things like that, nor will it navigate with the arrow keys; you have to use the scrollbars. These are known problems with webkit, apparently, according to what I read. Midori does respond to the back and quit buttons, but can't be convinced to use the arrow keys except to scroll among its buttons.

Epiphany-webkit seems to have imported bookmarks from either epiphany-gecko or possibly from firefox (leftover from when I had titchy on the machine; re-loading my home directory put the config files back).
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