I am looking at buying an IPAQ to install Familiar(or a custom image built with openembedded) to uses as a wireless network mp3 player to mount to the walls of my sons rooms that I could ssh into.
From using OpenZaurus on my sl6000 I believe this to be possable to do from a software point of view.
I plan to have the ipaq ran off of an AC power adapter all the time and will be hooked into powered wall mountd pc speakers. So far I have been looking at the h3600 series since I am finding I should be able to pick one up off of ebay for under $100(most likely under $50). I play to nfs mount my mp3 shares over my wifi network. In the future I may want it to do more such as read email or have messages left for the person. Right now my sons are 2.5 and 10 months so music is all they need.
Here are my questions:
1. Will an IPAQ work well if it is running 24 hours a day?
2. Is the h3600 series going to work to have familiar install into the internal flash so if the ipaq is rebooted it will come back up tot he linux side without a problem?
3. How hard is it to uses a wifi cf card with the h3600 series?
4. Will if be a problem to the the screen displaying the time and date ins a moving screen saver all the time.
My goal is to a have basic termial the is mainly for music for under $100 a peice that way I can have 3 or 4 of these around the houses in different rooms. I see the touch screens are being the best input device for small children since I can uses icons to access everything and possable even uses flite to have the output read to them if it is doing something other them play mp3s. Hopefully my start at creating my own "Young Gentleman's Illustrated Primer".