Introduction to Alternative ROMs
When you receive your Zaurus, the default ROM is the Sharp ROM. This has the advantages of
- Small, fast to run PIM applications
- Lots of software available
- Works out of the box!
This is a new page so please see the discussion.
Some points to consider are what environment you want to run. Choices are
- X11 (which can run GPE and QT apps, but QT/e apps need to be ported)
- X/Qt, which is running an X11 server on QT/e; now there is also pdaXQtrom
If you were looking for a UMPC then you probably want an X11 based ROM. However, if you also want PIM functions, bear in mind it will be a lot slower.
This article is written for the perspective of a new user. For more detailed discussion, see Distributions.
Cacko is based on the Sharp ROM and therefore is also quick at running PIM applications. It also features:
- 100% English
- Updated versions of the default Apps
- More device drivers
- Compressed filesystem, freeing up more space on the internal flash for your own needs
This is QT/e.
OpenZaurus was an attempt to make a fully open source version of the Sharp ROM.
OpenZaurus, often referred to as OZ is now superceded by Angstrom.
OZ gives you the choice of Opie or GPE.
pdaXrom is a full Linux installation with X11 server.
Also there is
- pdaXii13, a bug fixed version of pdaXrom beta 1 and 3.
Angstrom is another Linux distribution; currently in beta. X11.
Debian on the Zaurus.
- PocketWorkstation can be installed on SL-5500 and SL-CXXX. This version runs in a chroot environment on a storage card. There is also PocketWorkstationXQT which is similar but with an X windows environment. See Debian on the Zaurus 5500! for a (old) How-to.
- TitchyLinux can be installed on the SL-C3X00. This uses an X windows environment
OpenBSD/zaurus is "is an effort to make OpenBSD run on several PDAs of the Sharp Zaurus family. Initially targeted is the C3000/C3100/C3200 models which contain a 4GB CF hard drive internally." Gives you X11.