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General Discussion / Sharp Is01: The Zaurus Is Back, Sort Of...
« on: April 10, 2010, 02:55:32 pm »
A surprise move from Sharp: the long-awaited (by some) successor to the Zaurus, a new clamshell "MID" running Android, with a beautiful 5" 960x480 screen, a Snapdragon CPU and plenty of goodies:

Engadget goes "meh", which is a pretty good omen in my book :-)

Also there will be a "developer-friendly" version dubbed DK01 where the OS is replaceable. Maybe we will see Maemo, Mer and/or Meego on it ?

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Nokia Tablet / Maemo 2006 Beta Available
« on: June 10, 2006, 06:15:02 pm »
As promised by Nokia, the long awaited update is showing up. A beta is available for developers to port their apps before the end-user version is released.

From early reports the ground covered with this new version sounds incredible. What a difference it makes when the manufacturer of a Linux-powered widget actually groks open source and plays by the rules...

Python / Two More Python/pyqt Issues I Found...
« on: March 18, 2005, 04:27:56 pm »
Well, thanks to the help of all here my problem with zlib is finally solved... so I get to see entirely new exceptions when I launch TreeLine, yay :-)

First, I found that the "locale" subsystem on the Z (Cacko 1.21) does not seem to like the standard python idiom :

import locale
locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, '')

(dies with: "locale.Error: unsupported locale setting")

The only syntax I could get to run was locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL) (no locale parameter). This required changes to the app's code but also in

After that the app finally got around to importing some stuff from the qt package... and stopped right there on the first line, with :

ImportError: unable to import name QColorDialog
(and also QInputDialog, and probably others)

What I'm wondering here is whether this is just a naming issue (like the QApplication vs QPEApplication thing) or a deeper mismatch between the versions of Qt/PyQT used by the app's author and those available on the Z. His app works with the old freeware version of Qt for Windows though, so it's not *that* sensitive...

In other words : is it hopeless to want to port an existing, non-trivial PyQt app to the Zaurus, and is the Z's (Py)Qt only useful for developing from scratch on itself ?

Python / Missing Zlib ?
« on: March 13, 2005, 05:07:34 pm »

I just tried out a nice PyQt app ( ) that looks just right for running on a Z ! The windows version works fine on my PC, but I have a problem with the Linux version :

The installer says all dependencies are OK, but when I try to run it fails when the gzip module tries to "import zlib" (I can't import it manually from the interpreter either).

Is there anything I can do about this ?


Linux Applications / Simplest way to an executable ?
« on: June 24, 2004, 07:28:17 am »

How hard would it be to compile a single C file to an executable that runs on the Z ?

This is a console-mode Linux app that has no user interface (sort of a combined Weblog + http server) and uses flat files for storage, no dependencies. It's quite portable as it runs on almost any Linux/unix and Windows too. It is just one C file.

What's the simplest way to try this on the Z ? is a cross-platform tool chain really necessary, or can it be done on the Z itself (a C760) ?

Thanks for any tips ; just in case it matters, below is the list of includes in the source for the Unix/Linux platforms :

#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <stdarg.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <assert.h>
#include <locale.h>
#include <netdb.h>
#include <netinet/in.h>
#include <arpa/inet.h>
#include <sys/socket.h>
#include <sys/time.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <signal.h>
#include <time.h>
#include <dirent.h>
#include <errno.h>
#include <ctype.h>
#include <pwd.h>
#include <grp.h>

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