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Gemini PDA - Android / Re: Google Meet
« on: October 21, 2020, 05:42:33 am »
I have the same issue with Whatsapp's video calls.


Cosmo Communicator - Android / Re: Microsoft Intune Company Portal
« on: October 15, 2020, 06:15:19 pm »
Attachments are now working again, you can attach the screenshot to your post if you wish :)



our host provider has fixed the issue with the filesystem being read-only, now both attachments and avatar uploads should be working again. Thanks for your patience!


Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Elsix account now again active!
« on: October 14, 2020, 12:28:17 pm »

[for anyone wondering what is Elsix: it was a site which catalogued all the software available for the old Sharp Zaurus models. It was available on]

Finally some good news about Elsix: after many years of inactivity, the folks at ibiblio have activated the account again. It turns out that the account was disabled some years ago and all the files were put under root's account, probably because it was insecure and unmantained. I have now been able to login there, but the site still didn't load, probably because all the php scripts must be updated in order to run under the server's PHP 7. I'm not sure how secure is the whole site, considering it was written 15 years ago, so for now I have decided to make a backup of all the files (roughly 2GB of data) and a dump of the database. The database contains more than 30000 accounts, almost all of them are probably spambots.

I don't know if the info there would still be useful to anyone, or if anyone would like to add any info about Zaurus programs and games. On the other side it would be a pity to lose all this information. So, my plan is to install there a suitable and secure CMS, and to import all the data from the old site. Additionally it could also host mirrors of all the Zaurus feeds still online, and Zaurus-related pages recovered from This file server will be also open for any software for the Gemini or Cosmo, of course.

Comments and suggestions are welcome, as always.


Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Re: Forum outage
« on: October 14, 2020, 11:53:29 am »
We have been told by our host provider that the attachment/avatar uploading issue should be solved by tomorrow (Thursday). Fingers crossed.


Cosmo Communicator - Android / Re: How to increase battery time by 50%
« on: October 13, 2020, 10:58:39 am »
I'll try this on my Gemini and report back, thanks for the tip!


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Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: SL-5500 sqlite3
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:25:35 am »
What ROM are you using? You can check for the dependencies required by any program with ldd. An example taken from StackExchange:

Code: [Select]
$ ldd /bin/ls =>  (0x00007fff87ffe000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007ff0510c1000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007ff050eb9000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007ff050cb0000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007ff0508f0000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007ff0506ec000)
    /lib64/ (0x00007ff0512f7000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007ff0504ce000) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ (0x00007ff0502c9000)


Cosmo Communicator - Android / Re: Microsoft Intune Company Portal
« on: October 07, 2020, 06:22:24 am »
Hi and welcome aboard.

As you have noticed, attachments are temporarily not working on our forum. This is an issue with our host, which should be fixed soon, I have now asked them when this should be solved. The attachments' interface was by mistake left enabled, sorry about that, I have now disabled it. I will enable it as soon as the issue will be fixed. In the meanwhile, please use a third party image sharing service.


Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Re: Security certificate expired
« on: September 30, 2020, 05:50:35 pm »
A new certificate has been deployed, the error should be now gone.


Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Security certificate expired
« on: September 30, 2020, 01:23:11 pm »
The security certificate used by the forum has expired today, we have reported this to our host, we're waiting now for a fix. Sorry for this inconvenience, we'll keep you posted.


General Discussion / Re: Updating Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1: Where to start?
« on: September 18, 2020, 07:12:44 am »
Hi and welcome!

I'm not aware of any more recent kernel available for the Netwalker, I'm afraid the only solution to this is to attempt a port yourself. For now you might try to use LXDE as UI, which apparently runs much faster on the Netwalker:

For reference, here's the archived NetWalker board on OESF, you might find some valuable info there:
Note that currently all the links to other threads on the board are broken; we have recently updated the forum and we still need to figure out how to fix them.

The NetBSD port might be broken because no-one is currently maintaining it, the same problem might be with the Zaurus port.


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Re: Compiling Cosmo Android kernel
« on: September 13, 2020, 04:54:28 am »
I have managed to successfully build and flash a working android kernel following instructions on the sticky thread in the Android Forum. Since oesf links seem to often not work lately, here's an archival version:
Hi, if you find any non-working link here, please let me know, I'll fix them. The only links I'm aware of not working are the old one using the old forum's URL syntax, we'll eventually fix them manually.

This is the link to the thread above:


General Discussion / Re: Text editor for Android?
« on: September 07, 2020, 02:51:16 am »
Thanks for the tip, I have taken a look at Joplin, but it doesn't seem to be able to directly open and save plain txt files, you have to convert them first into the Emex format with an external app.


General Discussion / Text editor for Android?
« on: September 06, 2020, 09:52:50 am »
Can anybody recommend an adware and in-app buys free text editor for the Gemini/Cosmo for Android? It would be great if it supports copy and paste via Ctrl-C/V.


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