New User Guide
Most likely, you purchased a Japanese model, and you will want to convert into another language, usually English. The Sharp ROM can easily be converted to English.
Another popular option is to replace the Sharp Rom with "Cacko". Cacko is based on the Sharp rom, but 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
There are other OS options, like pdaXrom and OpenZaurus, these are more like full linux distributions rather than PDA-like distributions.
It's important to note that QTopia is not based on XWindows (X11), unlike most Linux desktop environments. Some of the ported applications do depend on X, and will not run in plain QTopia. X is available to be installed on QTopia.
Qtopia can run in either portrait (PDA-style) or landscape (desktop-style) modes
Navigating in QTopia
The QTopia desktop (palmtop) is a familiar environment. Applications are represented by icons, and there is a bar across the bottom of the screen with a QT menu button in the bottom left corner, and a system-tray thing on the right. A button to the right of the QT button allows you to bring up an on-screen keyboard or handwriting area on screen.
However, there are some key differences between QTopia and the typical desktop environment:
- Only one window can be displayed at a time, and there's no minimize-like functionality
- There's no obvious way to right (or middle) click
Suspend / Resume
Booting a Zaurus takes several minutes, not convenient for an on-the-go device. Fortunatly it can be instantly suspended or resumed. To suspend, simply select the menu option. On the clamshell models, closing the shell puts it into suspend mode (unless there's a frozen app that doesn't suspend properly, see the section on app recovery)