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OpenMoko / Openmoko Flasher Updated
« on: September 28, 2008, 06:59:24 am »
Hi all,
Just also a note here - Openmoko Flasher has been updated to the lates repository locations and file name suffixes.

-- hns

OpenMoko / Fdom
« on: September 20, 2008, 02:15:05 am »
there is a new distribution / flash image for the Openmoko Freerunner, called "FDOM".
It is based on the OM base system but adds and fixes applications so that it makes the FR a completely useable phone.



For Sale / Wanted / Fs: Small Number Of Unused Acer N30 Pda (s3c2410)
« on: April 23, 2008, 09:25:29 am »
Dear all,
the Acer n30 is a robust and nice standard PDA. It was discontinued in 2006 but is still up-to date compared e.g. to a Palm Z22.

Now after some projects have ended, we have remaining a limited number (less than 20) of originally packed and unused Acer n30 devices and want to clear that. They come with German Windows Mobile 2003 version but that can be updated and/or replaced by Linux.

The interesting thing is that these devices have the same processor as the Openmoko GTA01. And the machine architecture is supported by Angstrom / OE so that you can easily install Linux, X11, GPE, Openmoko etc. on this device. I.e. it is nice device where it is really possible to play with.

We sell at a stock clearing price of just 99 EUR and can ship to many countries in the EU and some outside (where you will even save 19% VAT). Payment can be by Credit Card or IBAN bank transfer.

So if you want to make a bargain buy, you can find more information and order through:

your Handheld-Linux Team

PocketPenguin / Group Buy Compulab Em-x270 Diy Phone Started
« on: December 05, 2007, 05:08:52 am »
Hi all,
we have seen recent interest in the Compulab Em-x270 PDA module device and people were discussing that there are no single units available from the manufacturer.

So, we have organized a Group Buy.

We have selected the most complete hardware features, includes LCD, Battery and Keyboard which makes it quite similar to an iPAQ hx4700 with GPRS.

Please visit our order page for details:

Unfortunately, we can't make miracles become true, i.e. offer it at $111. Since we have to cover some shipment, warranty and other risks, web-management, credit card processing fees and all those costs, we can offer it at EUR 649 (incl. German VAT) - if and only if we get 100 units. For purchases outside the EU we can deduce the VAT so that it comes to approx. 750 US$ (depending on the currency exchange rate).

This needs your help

Please spread this information and redirect everyone who could be interested to this offer. Otherwise we will not reach the limit of 100 units - and nobody gets the device.

Your Handheld-Linux Shop
(by Golden Delicious Computers GmbH&Co. KG)

Windows Issues / Ko/pi For Windows - Error Message
« on: September 25, 2007, 08:58:43 am »
One of our customers has tried and gets this error message:
I've tried to install KO/PI on the PC (running XP) having both copied qt-mt334.dll ( from the zip file and using qt-win-opensourse-4.2.3-mingw.exe from and I still get the error message:

   "The procedure entry point ? minimumSizeHint@Qwidget@@UBE?AVGSize could not be located in the dynamic link library qt-mt334.dll.".

The error message made no hits in google.
Any hints? Ideas?

Thank you very much,
Nikolaus Schaller
The Handheld-Linux Shop

UK / Support Needed For Sync On Windows
« on: September 24, 2007, 03:01:04 am »
Dear UK users,
we have a customer in Lincolnshire who has trouble with using the Zaurus with Windows and needs more help than we can provide (we are specialists for Apple Macintosh and Linux but not for Windows).

He has tried:
1. the Sharp CDs
2. IntelliSync
3. KO/PI for Windows

Please send us a Private Mail if you can and want to help.

Thank you very much,
The Handheld-Linux Shop

For Sale / Wanted / New Sl-c3100 For Sale In Eu
« on: July 24, 2006, 02:46:42 am »
We have a single SL-C3100 unit left over for sale in Europe.

It is completely new with English localization (Trisoft), comes with EA-70S power supply, USB Host cable, CE&WEEE certification, a license for ZMacSync and 24 months warranty.

The price (plus shipment) is EUR 448,- incl. VAT (which is 348,- EUR for a C1000 + 50 EUR for each 2 GByte microdrive capacity, i.e. an SL-C3200 is consequently 498,- EUR).

Please note that we have only one device to offer and the first who places an order can get it. All others still can choose between the C1000 and the C3200.

Nikolaus Schaller

General Discussion / Looking For Acer N30 Owners For A Beta Test
« on: February 24, 2006, 05:17:06 am »
Firends, we are looking for beta testers for an interesting project for which I can't disclose details here yet.

* owner of an Acer n30
* ideally also owner of a Zaurus

If you are interested, please contact me through a private mail.


ELSI General Discussion / Announcement: New Zaurus Software Index Online
« on: January 28, 2006, 05:56:30 am »
Dear Community,

there have been just 7 new entries on ELSIX since beginning of December 2005 and the last contribution in this board goes back to September, we have thought that it is time for a fresh approach we want to donate to the community.

Looking back, Killefiz was a very popular database before it was more or less abandoned by its moderator (although there have been some 10 updates in last year and 20 more this January). After that, ELSIX was started with great efforts, the killefiz dtaabase was integrated and authors updated their applications. But if you look at the statistics, it is by far less popular than killefiz.

We think this might have several reasons (as discussed here before): missing ease of use in operating the system for software developers and Zaurus user and missing links from this forum to ELSIX. We think that the main purpose must be a communication platform between people (authors and potential users) so it must be designed to ease communication.

Therefore we thought that a different approach is required and have worked on new tool and hope that it gains more acceptance. To do that we have

* copied the clean layout of Killefiz (as much information on one page - but still easy to read)
* added logins to allow users to subscribe to change requests and to write comments
* allows users to get moderator status - this allows a more community based approach in approving changes and is no longer on the shoulders of a single person
* improved management of screenshots
* imported the Killefiz data (status December - but only the approved entries) Thanks to Sven!!

After some hard work we are now happy to make it public:

So, please

* use the database
* bookmark it
* link to it on your pages
* tell everybody you know about it
* ask others to link to it
* start submitting updates and new software
* mark old entries
* note on bugs
* make proposals for improvement
* ask to become moderator
* sponsor this effort by looking at the shop

Comments welcome!

Nikolaus Schaller

General Discussion / Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
« on: May 25, 2005, 11:27:00 am »
Nokia has announced a new Linux based PDA (Internet Tablet).

Key features:
* 640x800 display, 4.13 inch (slightly larger than Zaurus Cx000)
* 141x79x19 mm (slightly larger but thinner)
* 230g (less weight)
* touch
* integrated WLAN and Bluetooth
* processor unclear
* 1500mAh battery (3h operation, 7 days standby)
* Linux (seems to be Debian)
* uses X-Server and GTK
* own development platform
* availablility seems to be 3Q 2005 (i.e. September)
* price is rumoured to be 400 EUR (indicating availability in Europe)

I have set up an info page:


Here is a FAQ page:,,75108,00.html

General Discussion / New Low-end "tux Pda"
« on: May 19, 2005, 05:29:59 am »
Dear all,
you might have followed my recent discussions on three new Linux PDA/Phone specifications defined by you, the ZUG users.

Now, the Low-End "Tux PDA" is becoming a little more realistic (at approx. 2/3 of the price of an SL-C1000), since one asian company I have contacted is interested in supporting this project.

Their current design (apparently being sold in China) is a SL-A300 like device:
* no keyboard
* 320x240 display,
* 64MB RAM
* 32MB ROM
* USB client (no host)
* SD (no SDIO)
* Linux 2.4.18 and Qtopia

Since this device seems too limited in connectivity to be attractive, we are now discussing is to start a redesign and add connectivity. To limit project cost, implementing both is out of scope.

So, what do you feel is more important in a Low End Linux PDA: WiFi or Bluetooth and why?

Many thanks for all votes and responses,

General Discussion / Specification Of "new" Linux Handhelds
« on: April 07, 2005, 07:05:38 am »
Dear all,

as summarized in the recent poll, I have prepared a first draft for a "Request for Information" which can eventually be sent out to potential PDA manufacturers (including Sharp) as a demand profile from the Zaurus User Group. My minimum expectation is to stimulate the manufactueres to think (again) more about Linux based devices and optimally make available additional devices that you really can buy in Europe and the US.

Please comment on these device profiles (but please note that having everything inside drives cost far beyond 1000$ and getting a second source for a C3000-like device at $175 is unrealistic).

Many thanks,

The Handheld Linux Shop

General Discussion / More Choice In Linux Based Pdas And Smartphones
« on: March 18, 2005, 06:30:22 am »
Dear all,

we are a small online reseller in Europe focussing on improving the World by selling Handheld Linux devices - currently all available Sharp Zaurus models.

Every now and then, we come across announcements of new Linux based PDAs and Smartphones. Most of them are vapourware or design studies that never see a shop - remember the Royal LineaLX?.

But sometimes, we find something that is more real. This time it comes from a company in Asia and they have shown it last and again this year on CeBIT. Unfortunately, they don't have a brand themselves and they don't sell single unit quantities. So you and we can't simply order like with the Sharp Zaurus.

So, my approach is that if there shows up enough interest (meaning approx. 1000 devices per year) amongst you and your contacts, and we can raise some pre-investment money, we would approach them to make e.g. a ZUG branded device.

Attached are pictures of a PDA (the screen shows WinCE but they have Qtopia) and a Smartphone (more or less prototypes/platforms) and some spec:

PDA (seems to be similar to a Zaurus A300):
* 3''5 QVGA (320x240) touchscreen, no keypad
* Freescale ARM 200MHz
* 64 MB RAM, 64 MB Flash
* Speaker, Headphone, Microphone
* SD slot (no CF)
* Linux 2.4 kernel, Qtopia
* Options: Bluetooth, WLAN, Camera, USB Host, FM Radio

* 3'' QVGA (320x240) touchscreen, pull-out QWERTY keypad
* Freescale i.MX21 350MHz
* 64 MB RAM, 64 MB Flash
* Triband, GPRS Class 10
* WLAN integrated
* Speaker, stereo Headphone, Microphone
* SD slot (no CF)
* 1'3 Mpix CMOS camera
* Linux 2.4 kernel, Qtopia

As I haven't seen the smartphone in operation, I can't tell anything more. Generally, specs seem to have some flexibility, as they make customized devices.

I have no idea on the price because that is part of negotiations - so, if you are interested, please tell how much you would value such a device (compared to the price of a Zaurus).


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