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Laze
I was just taking a break from "work" and was wondering two things:

1. How many people run pdaXrom - based on our visitor counter/downloads etc. it quite a few people. (73056 IPK downloads :-)

2. What do you use if for (PIM ;-), Networking/WiFi hacking, miniPC) - post what you use it for and what your run on it. Post screenshots/Links to screenshots if you think your pdaXrom looks extra cool.
pgas
I use pdaxrom for:

- reading
- playing a bit with script languages
- I would like to use it as a pim, but I am too lazy and phone numbre end onto small papers.....
blakeyez
I mainly use pdaXrom on my Zaurus to make a perfect 'laptop replacement'. I do my coding in C and PHP on there, keep track of assignments/labs/etc for my classes at university, and for learning more about the low-level functioning of linux systems in general.

I plan on building a couple of packages for doing computer algebra, in order to be able to play with some of the concepts introduced in my classes while in lecture (eg: doing complicated integrals for various physics problems, etc, quickly).

Dave
zmike
No I am not and yes I would like to. I want to know without mining old posts that are for old releases of pdaXrom if I would be able to sync with Outlook Exchange with a single click to calendar and contacts as happens with Intellisync.

Other than that feature, I'd love to use PDAXRom as an everyday system. I love the mini-laptop aspect of the Zaurus, but still need basic PDA functions and I'm familiar enough with various linuxes to administer it.
wmadan
I use it for reading ebooks and for wifi web surfing in bed. wink.gif

I also plan to use it for some database stuff with Portabase.
phillvs
Love the mini pc aspect of it, but also want the pda spects.

(but want to print from it)

1) Use as a pc replacement. Write letters, spreadsheet, mail, browser etc.

2) pda - use for address book, diary, notes, e-book reader etc.

Phill
g33k
I've got pdaXrom RC5 on my C860. It's the best ROM I've seen and I anticipate using pdaXrom for the lifetime of my device.

I'm still struggling to get my Ratoc CFU1 USB host and Aircable working, and I've not found all of the software I need/want yet, so I'm really not using it all that much. So far, my primary usage is wireless web and internet and VNC to servers and workstations for administration at work. I'd like to get wardriving (kismet/wellenreiter) and bluesnarfing (btscanner/?) working. It would be extremely cool to get the Z working as a cellphone or at least a SIP phone - I know there's software compiled for the latter, but I've not tried to get it set up yet. I hope in the long run to use my Zaurus as a laptop replacement, primarily focused on remote administration, coding, and hacking.

Thanks for making such a swell ROM for me to use, and please keep up the fantastic work!
alan
RC5 on SL-C750

i take all of my lessons notes on Abiword. I'm a student in Philosophie, soon specialist of "humour" (i'm not kidding at all... rolleyes.gif )

MP3 in the bus

Divx playing for longer travels

console emulation

web surfing
murple
I use it is basically as a laptop replacement. Mostly i use it for word documents, spreadsheets, and surfing the net. I also run kismet just to figure out access point names rather than as a security tool. Snes9x is really all i need as far as games go.

I use a wlan card (socket) and a pretec wired lan card.

I do however use my other Z as a Pim and I'd like to bee able to sync it with Outlook. I'd honestly like to just have the normal qtopia apps sync up. This way i could just flip the Z into portrate mode and work it like a normal pda.

my 2 cents =)
sonicbuddha
I run pdaXrom on my c860 primarially as a geeking tool to test/write scripts, read documentation, check webfiles/server status when I am out and about, emergency access when on call, and, now that apache is compiled, check configurations. Well, most of those are my intentions since I am still configuring and testing and haven't completely settled on pdaXrom, but most likely since it is the environment that most resembles my working setup. Basically its my mini laptop that I use when commuting or have 10 minutes to spare and nothing else to do. (yes, I am a single linux geek with time/money to spend on new toys)

Running:
RC5 on c860
512 kingston sd/cf cards
trendnet cf ethernet
pretec wireless cf
ViV
laptop replacement biggrin.gif
scoutme
- Laptop replacement (hoping mac***edia will let us put our hands on player source smile.gif ).
Study (programming and compiling, pdf viewing -NEED A DECENT VIEWER*-, text viewing)
Web navigation, Mail
soon, map viewing (like gps without gps smile.gif )
PIM (Ko/pi rocks)
gaming (scummvm, snes9x, as soon as possible dgen and gba)
movie playing (as soon as possible)




* the xpdf in the feed is better than the one installed?
ludovicus
Exhale.. Where do i begin.

I use pdaxrom, for:
Minimo/dillo- web browse internet, locally hosted files i wrote about work related policies through

Apache - share, info with other people that have wifi at work so that they can see my info on work related policies

Commandline- what pda out there supports this other than a linux based one?? I practice shell commands and learn more scripting

KOPI-keeps me on time and keeps me from calling 411 or work related operator, great organizer.

all of the configurable utilities including overclocking.

abiword is nice and makes it easy to edit larger documents already written on a desktop.

I'd use the keyboard pic board more but the applet seems to be tempermental.

xmms is great for ogg/mp3

mplayer works fine, anybody making/using a skin? it's a great way to show off pdaxrom and push zaurus. Most folks look at a commandline and say what????..

Games- well, i'd have bought a gameboy if i really wanted to.

Gimp, I guess it works and then it doesn't. I'll stick to graphics manipulation on the desktop or adobe.

VIM better than vi

xpdf no problems so far, use it all the time

Gaim, great for hotspots and open wireless locations...

kismet- nice

nmap- haven't had the pleasure yet

less is more

locate is also great

phone software, i'd buy a gprs card with a well written phone program in 2 seconds flat. If any of you super phone phreaks are reading this pls. pls. write me.

thats about it.

wish list.
keymap list, what do what buttons do in which program.
xmms, jogdial of songs??
I'm sure it's foreign to most hardcore computer geeks but I enjoy running with my Z, while listening to tunes. can't stop,whip out the stylus, select new song.
volume adjustment via keyboard or ???
How about the camera?? Got one of those for the sl5500, would be nice to be able to take video or stills.

lu
c860
256mb SD panasonic
512mb CF Sandisk
pdaxrom,
netdevil
I use pdaXrom because I am a system administrator.
I use it for:
- reading book, documents (JustReader, AbiWord, xpdf)
- console for a servers (minicom)
- CF-LAN, IrDA, CF-BT, CF-CDMA
- internet (http, smtp, pop3s, ssh, rdesktop, VNC)
- mp3, mp4 player
- gqview

I would like to use for:
- full Russian language support (include xvkbd)
- a PIM (include writing with a stylo. ex FreeNoteQt)
- syncronization whith my phone and PC
- VPN
- CF-GPS
- gnumeric
Xumbi
For me: quake, doom (every original doom game), lucas arts games (maniac mansion, day of the tentacle), firefox, gaim, kismet, xmms, gqview, ssh, mplayer.

That's all I can think of right now...
Foxdie
I am using pdaXrom 1.1.0 RC5

I use it for MP3's, wireless Internet Surfing, Shoutcast and IRC access, Playing quake on the way to work on the train, scanning for wireless access points and bluetooth devices..

Still haven't got it to work with my Sharp GX30i Cellphone though smile.gif
Xumbi
QUOTE(Foxdie @ Nov 3 2004, 02:20 PM)
I am using pdaXrom 1.1.0 RC5

I use it for MP3's, wireless Internet Surfing, Shoutcast and IRC access, Playing quake on the way to work on the train, scanning for wireless access points and bluetooth devices..

Still haven't got it to work with my Sharp GX30i Cellphone though smile.gif

Wait a minute, how are you listening to shoutcast streams?
xiaman
I am using pdaXrom 1.1.0 RC5

i use it to talk to cisco switchs i can carry on my hip .can't do that with a laptop.
will write some stuff in abi word . would be nice to copy and paste. from abi to bash.
don't use the address book stuff quicker to write and look up in paper note book.
watch music videos and listern to mp3's
calulator is used alot
little bit of web surfing a shame, same pages can't be viewed like hotmail.
and gaim.

does have the cool geek factor when in meeting everyone else has pen paper and you pull out the zaurus.
murple
I use my Z for looking at porno, trolling on msg boards, spaming about my X43 webcam, DOS attacks, trashing access points named "linksys" and reseting the password, sending crank letters to the goventment, buying Viagra online, pretending I'm a lesbian on IRC, and bidding on stuff i cant pay for on ebay.

Basically all the stuff i do from my computer at home.

Ok so maybe I dont do all of that... But being able to basically do anything you can from home is the exact niche I think this rom falls into. Sure the sharp rom makes a better PIM, but i can basically do everything the sharp rom did with a $50 cellphone. I'd love to see more PIM functionality, but not at the cost of what Xrom is. And that is a crappy computer (for a desktop) that fits in my pocket. I even like the small fonts... you need the space if you want to run real apps. Heck I'm posting from bed with my Z right now. Now thats freakin cool. I dont even have pants on!

Its the very fact that my Z is not a PIM anymore that keeps me hooked. The closer the rom resembles my desktop the more I find I cant even go take a leak without keeping the Z nearby just incase.

If you're not using your Z as a pocket laptop, you should just stick with a sharp rom... IMHO tongue.gif

btw, the rom kicks ass
wario
industrial espionage
gromituk
QUOTE(Xumbi @ Nov 3 2004, 12:51 PM)
Wait a minute, how are you listening to shoutcast streams?

My thoughts exactly - I even started a thread about this!
ScottYelich
yes, I use pdaXrom...

I have 1.0.1 on my 760. I use it for the following, some more than others:

(1) browsing -- (reading in bed), firefox/dillo
(2) reading -- web pages, newsgroups, ebooks, pdf (argh! bad fonts!)
(3) chat -- terminal ssh to remote box to IRC/IM via irc gateways
(4) games -- mame, lgeneral, nethack, xboard, xu4/exult
(5) music -- mp3s, two 512mb SDs (rock/moods)
(6) admin -- remote terminal from Z to remote unix boxes, vnc
(7) programming / dev -- perl, python, C/C++, QT (tcc for arm yet? Ch?) gcc/g++
(8) emulators -- see mame above... hatari/stonx/stella, xmess (dosbox, bochs, qemu, anything)


pdaXrom is a mini laptop for me. The hardware isn't as powerful as I would like as a min --
800x600, 600Mhz cpu + (+FPU?), 256mb ram ... built in wifi, 20GB min disk.
*BUT*
This is more than sufficient for doing the above FOR NOW -- while the specs I want/need
become available.

I use the Z as an archive of my files and my work. I can rsync my files to and from the device.
I have my code with me any any and all times. Grab and run... etc.

I appreciate the capabilities of having a full / native linux.... native sdk, etc. cross compiler is also
very nice for taking some of the load off the Z.

The reason why I use and support pdaX is that it provides the platform of what I need --
linux, X, gcc...
I don't need PIM, but there are some programs out there to do that. xdia is very nice. gimp runs,
but is slow.

Scott
Foxdie
QUOTE(gromituk @ Nov 4 2004, 01:33 PM)
QUOTE(Xumbi @ Nov 3 2004, 12:51 PM)
Wait a minute, how are you listening to shoutcast streams?

My thoughts exactly - I even started a thread about this!

A small workaround for this is to use mplayer..

1. wget the playlist file to disk (mplayer in pdaXrom can't retrieve it from the net):

bash-3.00# wget http://www.di.fm/mp3/trance96k.pls



2. cat the file and find the shoutcast server url (the part you want is in bold):

bash-3.00# cat trance96k.pls
[playlist]
NumberOfEntries=3
File1=http://64.236.34.67:80/stream/1003
Title1=D I G I T A L L Y - I M P O R T E D - Trance channel! (US Ultravox)
Length1=-1
File2=


3. open the server url with mplayer:

bash-3.00# mplayer http://64.236.34.67:80/stream/1003

4. To adjust the volume just run XMMS and even in stop mode it adjusts the volume fine..


Hope this helps smile.gif

(btw that stream is www.di.fm 's main trance stream, great stuff)
gromituk
Thanks very much for that - so mplayer can play streams but xmms can't.

Normal service with this thread can resume now!
omin0us
i used to use it for mini-laptop. but now i am using it stricktly as a webserver. haha.
my main server is down for a while. so i compiled apache and php for it and am using that.

site being powered by pdaxrom: http://dtors.ath.cx
philo
i'm not running it yet.

but i'm looking forward to doing so, perhaps on the next rc, if not, then on the 1.1. i've used it and love it, but i can't give up the sync to outlook. it's first and foremost a pda for me.

once i can replace the qt sync progs with evolution or something viable i will be making the switch. i'm really looking forward to having a pocket sized laptop. smile.gif

philo
Martin
Hi to all developers and everyone users :-)

... MP3 player ... sometimes in future movieplayer ...

... adress, calender very busy ... email sometimes

... wlan for sync (at the moment i try out) and internet (at fachhochschule germany)

... trying to crosscompile gpsdrive from ganter.at with some smaller problems ...

... picture storing / previewing from my nice casio ex-z4 digicam ...

... maybe much more in near future ...

Thanks again to all developers of pdaXrom
Martin

p.s.: I want to contribure some money but didnot have paypal or something ... living in germany :-) ... any hint?
pgas
You can easily open a paypal account while living in germany. all you need
is a credit card. (unless something changes very recently)
bastichelaar
Damn, how I love my Zaurus... I'm posting this from the train, with a speed of 30K/sec thanks to my cellphone with UMTS.

I use my Zaurus for:

- Fun
- Multimedia
- Office capabilities
- Linux
- SSH to some servers
- Remote desktop

And I'm searching for some good medical software/databases.

And pdaXrom: I love it... Maybe a c3000 to test in a few weeks? smile.gif

Ow, and I do think my setup looks extra good (the best smile.gif), see the fluxbox thread or visit my website...
orange
I tryed pdaXrom on my c700 before I sold it (needed money, lol) and was realy impressed by the mini notebook look and feel. It was your first (beta-) release so it was realy slow and buggy but I liked it!

I have just ordered a C3000 and would realy love to see pdaXrom running on it

So I can only tell you what I use my PDA´s for but I´m sure I can do that all and more with your great rom

most of battery live is used for MP3 playback something like 3h a day in the train biggrin.gif

then (but that is why I came to the Z) learning Linux

Web surfing, Email, and ICQ stuff biggrin.gif

PIM but not as hardcore as some others the stuff available will fit my needs I think

Office stuff

some gaming but not needed

just wanted to let you know you are doing a great job with this
zaai
Currently using C860 for:
- checking email (sylpheed-claws)
- browsing internet (firefox)
- watching pictures (GQview)
- listening to mp3 (xmms)
- remote terminal (SSH)

Things that don't work but should
- PDA: address book synchronized with desktop (ka/pi)
- PDA: calendar/todo synchronized with desktop (ko/pi)
- WiFi AP locator (Kismet - stops gathering packets after a few seconds)

On the todo list:
- listen streaming radio (mplayer?)
- watch streaming video (vlc 0.8 - watch tv and mythtv recordings)
- IM: msn, icq, jabber
- remote desktop (both ways) ?
- remote control ?
- ... much much more .. later on
ostense
QUOTE(Foxdie @ Nov 4 2004, 12:06 PM)
QUOTE(gromituk @ Nov 4 2004, 01:33 PM)
QUOTE(Xumbi @ Nov 3 2004, 12:51 PM)
Wait a minute, how are you listening to shoutcast streams?

My thoughts exactly - I even started a thread about this!

A small workaround for this is to use mplayer..

1. wget the playlist file to disk (mplayer in pdaXrom can't retrieve it from the net):

bash-3.00# wget http://www.di.fm/mp3/trance96k.pls



2. cat the file and find the shoutcast server url (the part you want is in bold):

bash-3.00# cat trance96k.pls
[playlist]
NumberOfEntries=3
File1=http://64.236.34.67:80/stream/1003
Title1=D I G I T A L L Y - I M P O R T E D - Trance channel! (US Ultravox)
Length1=-1
File2=


3. open the server url with mplayer:

bash-3.00# mplayer http://64.236.34.67:80/stream/1003

4. To adjust the volume just run XMMS and even in stop mode it adjusts the volume fine..


Hope this helps smile.gif

(btw that stream is www.di.fm 's main trance stream, great stuff)

I have not try'ed it on the Z but normally you can use mplayer with playlist..
In the example given try :

mplayer -playlist http://www.di.fm/mp3/trance96k.pls

Probably one want to set the cache parameter also because the default mplayer seems high and it take some time to fill it up.
totaln00b
I'm not using pdaXrom at the moment, but really want to, ever since I happened upon the desktop screenshot thread and ran into limitations as to what I could do with the sharp roms (anyone know about mapserver here?)

I tried though, on my 750, loved it, but basically ran out of space for the apps that I needed on there (apache2, php5, mysql). Now, before everyone tells me about all the great things I can do installing stuff onto sd card etc, I figured I'm too new to linux to really get into the different types of formatting that I would need (it's all windoze boxes where I come from), and I use my zaurus too much every day to go without these things for the time it would take me to learn how to do it all and clear up the inevitable bugs/glitches/screw ups on my part.

So, now the prices are coming down for 860s, I'll probably get one of them and put pdaXrom on that, as it looks the business!

Jo
pgas
QUOTE
I figured I'm too new to linux to really get into the different types...


You don't need to go deep into it. It's far more easier to format a card than it is to run apache php and mysql! (though you can probably find these with other roms as nothing is related to X)

Just follow blindly type what's written under "To format an SD/MMC card" as ext2 on this howo for newbie howto

If you fear to loose your sd card, use the method described by richardh on this thread

If you have a problem, just get back here :-)
gen2
Currently using pdaxrom as laptop replacement...

Wishing for LDAP on Ka/Pi, Love syncing Ko/Pi with Korganizer, hoping for some slicker wifi utilities. Maybe I'm not using enough of the right tools, but after installing a bunch of stuff (ethereal, kismet, etc) my feeling is there is still too much typing involved in discovering/connecting to hotspots. Seems like something everyone wants to do as soon as they have a wifi card...IMHO it should be presumed that everyone wants to use kismet, ethereal, and ettercap, and have auto-connect capability for any auto-found hotspots...

Thanks for the incredible work, btw!
There is nothing close to pdaxrom afaik
kingmob
QUOTE(gen2 @ Dec 9 2004, 04:20 PM)
Wishing for LDAP on Ka/Pi, Love syncing Ko/Pi with Korganizer

I'm planning to move over to kolab2 once it's released, so a pdaXrom version of Kontact is high on my wishlist.
gretchen
I use it as my mini laptop.
*Browse the web
*VNC into my MythTV computer and use it as a remote
*Writing in my journal
*Play with web design
*Slowly learning to program
*Ssh into my desktop
*Listen to music

When I'm going on a trip I'll put a couple tv shows on a CF card and bring them with, but I don't do that on a normal basis.
ThC
same as gretchen plus gaming and playing movies on a daily basis biggrin.gif
soon switching to a c3000 and hope it'll be available soon for it happy.gif
totaln00b
QUOTE
You don't need to go deep into it. It's far more easier to format a card than it is to run apache php and mysql! (though you can probably find these with other roms as nothing is related to X)

Just follow blindly type what's written under "To format an SD/MMC card" as ext2 on this howo for newbie howto

If you fear to loose your sd card, use the method described by richardh on this thread

If you have a problem, just get back here :-)


Thanks for the encouragement pgas, I might give it a go at the weekend...

Jo
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