QUOTE(mathemajikian @ Jul 8 2006, 03:40 PM)
I'm thinking about buying a zaurus SL-C3200 to install openbsd on but I have a few questions I would liked answered before doing so.
1. What is the speed of application execution?
Reasonable, this isn't a high performance system but a lot of things are reasonably good if you do some simple things to tune file system access like mount the file system with noatime and softdep flags.
2. How long does it take to open fluxbox, firefox, opera, openoffice, mplayer, gaim, and xmms applications?
No data on most of these, Opera is binary only so you can't have it. Firefox has some outstanding build issues on arm-openbsd related to nspr library and nobody wants to bother with it because it's really too big to run on a Zaurus and do anything else meaningful.
OpenOffice takes a few days to build on a desktop based system, haven't come across anybody that would want to build OpenOffice for the Zaurus.
I did build KDE base for it though and found it unworkably slow so I suggest OpenOffice is a meaningless exercise.
3. Is video/mp3 playback smooth or choppy?
4. What is the battery life while playing a movie via mplayer or mp3's via xmms?
I use an iPod for this, this is a UNIX system for me, not some convergent technology toy.
5. Can skype be built/used?
Nope, Skype is only available for Windows/Macintosh/Linux in binary only format and that is for i386 systems only. No Zaurus ROM will run it.
6. What hardware/functionality is still not working correctly?
at the moment: SD-MMC, NAND flash access, and USB Client (host mode is perfect).
7. Can openbsd be installed on the entire disk if a rom is installed in the flash memory of the device?
8. Can it be made to automatically boot openbsd after booting into the linux based rom?
Yes and yes.
Thanks in advance!