I am very sorry for this question. I am sure I am going to get a lot of RTFM replies. Anyway...
Today I received my new C1000 Akita. In the last weeks I already tried to study as much as I could about software and variety of ROMs for Zaurus. Unfortunately, I have to admit, that I got completely lost in the ZOO of all the distros, their pro's and con's etc. I am completely confused. Please let me briefly state 2) what I want from my Zaurus in the close future 1) what I already know about different distros, and 3) please tell me what's wrong with my expectations and what I am actually missing. In the end, I would like to find out which distro do I want.
1.- I want a standard PDA user experience. Under standard I mean, that I am migrating from Palm OS (>7 years and I like the interface very much: quick and easy to handle) and in the past I had a lot of experience with Windows CE devices (network drivers development - yet I do not learn to like these gadgets).
2.- I want a semi-standard Linux user experience (I am Ubuntu user what should say what kind of guy I am), i.e. in the end I want to *use* applications, not spending years only configuring my computer. Reasonable time (few days, or a week or so) spent on configuring and tuning the computer is alright.
3.- Applications I want (MUST have!) and I know it is possible to get them on Zaurus: TeX, LyX, *good* PIM (KO/PI?), vim/gvim, ssh, xterm+UTF8 support, xpdf, ruby interpreter, Guile, Subversion + otherwise all the standard command line stuff. If possible a reasonable browser (currently I am using Firefox, but I am not sure if that's a good option on a small device - however syncing bookmarks/RSS feeds might be a nice option to have) and OpenOffice would be nice, although I do not care that much for this.
4.- I want a durable solution. Reinstalling image once a year is acceptable if I will trade a great enhancement for it in the future. I.e. I want a distro which is still developed and for which there are packages being ported (if I will learn how to cross-compile, I might contribute as well one day).
* What I know (this is a confused one):
1.- Seems like I have basically 2 choices to go for: Cacko+some machinery to run X apps (X/Qt?) vs. PdaXRom (do I actually want PdaXii13?).
2.- It seems that having Cacko, I will be able to run most (?) X-applications using X/Qt. I am not sure about this.
3.- It also seems that having PdaXRom I loose possibility to run the Qtopia apps from the original Sharp ROM.
4.- Obviously some flavour of PdaXRom would fill my needs (I found this: http://yonggun.googlepages.com/scientificpdaxrom).
5.- It does not seem to be probable that running Cacko I will be able to run what I want (Tex+Lyx).
6.- On the other hand, Cacko is built from the original Sharp ROM, so I would expect it to work in the Zaurus a little bit better than anything else.
7.- No clue in which stage Angstrom is. They have LyX package, but there's a complete lack of information on the status of Angstrom and how it supports the Akita HW.
8.- There seems to be this Titchy Debian distro. It does not seem to run on Akita, but if it is as good as you guys seems to suggest on these pages, then I guess it won't take too long till it matures.
9.- I read most of the Hd Luc's pages on Zaurus (http://www.users.on.net/~hluc/myZaurus/), I think I got the message, however I would like to know some recommendations. This is what I did not get from those pages.
1.- Why is there such a flood of IPKG feeds? Aren't the binaries not cross-distribution compatible? And if not (as I suspect) what is the main problem? I am completely lost in this realm.
2.- Why are there so many flavours of PdaXRom and how to choose from them (PdaXQtRom, *beta-xyz)?
3.- Are there any benefit to run Debian on Zaurus vs. Cacko, or PdaXRom? Or is it only a techie joy to have it?
4.- Which are indispensable applications on Sharp ROM which can turn me to go for Cacko? Are there any (I did not try yet, but allegedly PIM is no good in comparison with e.g. advanced Palm tools (like e.g. Agendus SW) on standard Sharp ROM)? And similarly about PdaXRom?
4.- What else do I need to know?
Thank you very much for useful hints and *constructive* comments.