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Zaurus - pdaXrom / New Packages Announcement
« on: November 02, 2006, 10:21:12 am »
[span style=\'font-size:21pt;line-height:100%\']window managa' bonanza[/span]
[span style=\'font-size:8pt;line-height:100%\']... for beta3[/span]

9wm - this is an X window manager which attempts to emulate the Plan 9 window manager 8-1/2.
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fvwm - you should know what fvwm is. without libstroke support.
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jwm - Joe's window manager is a simple Xlib-based window manager with sloppy focus and click-to-raise
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karmen - A simple window manager with a clean look. It doesn't need a config file and has no library dependencies other than Xlib.
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pwm - This is a lightweight window manager, which can frame multiple client windows within a single frame.
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ratpoison - A simple lightweight window manager with no fancy graphics or window decorations.
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waimea - A fast and highly customizable virtual desktop window manager, requires imlib2.
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wmii - a lightweight window manager that aims to combine the best features of larsWM, Ion, evilwm, and ratpoison.
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Nothing special here, these are just the default builds.
configuration is up to you.
let me know if you come up with anything cool.
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That's great! Thank you!

What would be great is to compile FVWM-Crystal for FVWM. Take a look at It's really nice addon to fvwm.

PocketPenguin / Alternative Design For The Ppz
« on: November 01, 2006, 06:04:11 pm »
I personally wouldn't like a detachable keyboard as there are again 2 parts which I need to take with me. I would prefer something like the classical handhelds (jornada 6x0, 7x0 or the nec mobilepro) but in a smaller size. Something between the Zaurus and these Jornadas would be perfect. So I thought about this Nintendo DS Lite shape about which I wrote here:

By the way a 5" widescreen display (which I would prefer) would fit perfectly into this shape.

Here the picture I posted into the other thread (just think of the handy size of the Nintendo DS lite):

[a href=\"\" target=\"_blank\"]. So the real thing which made me buy the Zaurus was the keyboard (and of course the microdrive and OS).

And for alternative keyboard designs you could make a poll with options (i.e. handheld-like, zaurus-like or whatever) and see which type of keyboard is prefered.

hmm... now I've got an idea:
Why not build the case (i.e. something like the zaurus, nintendo ds, handhelds or whatever clamshell device) with the base unit and display unit and make the keyboard modular. Something like a changeable top-"cover" of the base unit. I hope you get what I am trying to say.
If someone wants to buy the pocketpenguin with keyboard type A, then the base unit gets assembled with keyboard type A. If another customer wants type B you just assemble it with keyboard type B. The connectors and dimensions of the keyboard would be the same but you can alternate with the type of keys and so on.


PocketPenguin / Form Factor - Handheld Pc, Or Zaurus-style?
« on: November 01, 2006, 12:31:01 pm »
yeah, besides that the ds has a small display, no keyboard...

I just would like the hardware of the pocketpenguin to be in a DS-like case, as you can see in the pic I've made.

PocketPenguin / Form Factor - Handheld Pc, Or Zaurus-style?
« on: November 01, 2006, 11:22:04 am »
While a friend of mine had a black Nintendo DS Lite, I thought about PocketPenguin. And yeah... it would be the perfekt shape for the PocketPenguin. The DS fits the pocket very well, as it is a bit longer than the zaurus but thinner and not so broad. Of course a longer shape makes it perfect for larger keys than the Zaurus ones and a widescreen display.

You can have a look here:

And here a pic made with gimp (it doesnt look very pretty but it gives an idea of how I think it could look):
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In this pic you can see that it looks like an traditional handheld pc (like the hp jornada or the nec ones) but in a smaller dimension.

Size Comparison:

Zaurus Cxx00:
124 x 87 x 25mm

Nintendo DS Lite:
133 x 73.9 x 21.5mm

So the Nintendo DS Lite fits the pocket better as it is thinner (3.5mm is a lot in those dimensions) and not that broad.

I think this dimensions/look would be nice for the PocketPenguin.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Fvwm-crystal: The Ultimate Windowmanager!
« on: October 16, 2006, 01:06:23 pm »

I just saw this thread about fluxbox and thought I could post about the window manager I am using right now on my PC. Its fvwm-crystal. You can find it at

Not only it's fast... it has great features, nice menus... and is pretty eye-candy also! There are also some pre-configured looks and themes. Also a quake-console is available (you can use xterm, aterm, rxvt etc. for this).

Just take a look at those screens:

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As far as I know there is already a FVWM package for pdaxrom... someone just needs to compile fvwm-crystal to get it working.

Stay Well,


PocketPenguin / Body Design
« on: September 20, 2006, 04:04:04 pm »
I also do not really need a rotating screen. I never use it and I think that it makes the pda less robust, more expensive and too complicated.
A simple Notebook-like style would be best. I do not really like the ROAD pda as it is too round. The Cxx00 look definitely better. But I would like it thinner and with a better keyboard.

1 SD-Card would be enough
1 CF-Card would be also enough (and one internally)

What about a battery which is very slim but has a large area (for example fills the whole bottom of the body)?

Also I dont know if a fingerprint reader is necessary. I think that it just makes more costs and maybe not everybody needs it.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / My Sl-c1000 Got Bricked During Flashing Of
« on: September 20, 2006, 01:14:29 am »
It shouldn't be possible to brick the C1000. The Diagnostics Menu and so on always work and cannot be destroyed. If it is destroyed than it is more likely that it is a hardware problem!

As the most said: Unplug the Zaurus from power and take off the battery. While pressing D and M plug in the power.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Psx Running On The Zaurus
« on: September 19, 2006, 02:19:53 pm »
Does anyone "need" ZPSX on a 2.6 kernel based OS ROM?
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ZPSX for 2.6 kernel wouldn't be so important right now... but as you can see sashz today has released a new version of pdaxrom. There is no changelog available right now, but maybe it is based on 2.6 and maybe there are some video improvements which are interesting for ZPSX.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / 1.1.0r121 Is Out!
« on: September 19, 2006, 10:14:37 am »
Hey thats nice. Never expected a new version so soon. Thats great news.

I will try it later on today, no matter if it is for "extreme testers"  only or still based on beta3. A beta4 based release with bugfixes would be really nice though.

No matter how it works: Great work sashz!

Thank you!

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Psx Running On The Zaurus
« on: September 18, 2006, 05:07:29 pm »
I think that there are more people interested but everybody is just reading news about ZPSX, not posting anything.

A beta would be really nice!

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Solution For Zoom In Other Wm's Than Matchbox
« on: September 06, 2006, 05:16:13 am »
Ahh you mean with matchbox? Yes the solution solution for beta3 ist on loji's page.

This guide is for people using other window managers than matchbox (like KDE,xfce, icewm, fluxbox...)

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Solution For Zoom In Other Wm's Than Matchbox
« on: September 05, 2006, 03:41:49 am »
What exactly do you mean?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Icewm- How Do I Start It?
« on: August 14, 2006, 06:28:01 pm »
Which pdaxrom are you using? And wouldn't it b better to use a newer version from a newer feed (like beta3 feed)?
After installing icewm and icewm-pdaxrom be sure to also install the dependencies needed ( I do not know them anymore).
Beware that after installing icewm the startx script will be overwritten, so be sure to make a backup of it before (for example if you need to install some dependencies in the gui and icewm isn't working yet).

When everything is done just type startx as you know it from matchbox. I think icwmsession (or icewm-session?) also works as it is basically the same.

Stay well


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Solution For Zoom In Other Wm's Than Matchbox
« on: August 14, 2006, 05:37:17 am »
OK but I think that it shouldn't be such a big problem to get fn to work. I will look at it when I have some more time.

Anyway zooming in and out is very useful for playing games or watching movies that are running at 320x240.
In matchbox the command would be:
xrandr -s 1 (or xrandr -s 240x320)

In other window managers this will give you a 240 pixel wide and 320 pixel high screen, instead of 320 pixels wide and 240 pixels high.
So you need a:
xrandr -s 1 -x -y -o inverted

I don't know why everything on the zaurus is set to 480x640, because it is not correct. It should be 640x480 in landscape. Maybe it is because of matchbox beeing a pda-window manager and most pdas beeing in portrait mode, where a resolution of 480x640 is correct. So I think that they set for the clamshell zaurii also portrait as default mode as beeing easier for matchbox and then simply turning the screen to landscape when needed.
But I assume that most of the people use landscape mode most of the time on the clamshell models.

Anyway the problem is solved now

Stay well

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Solution For Zoom In Other Wm's Than Matchbox
« on: August 13, 2006, 07:03:59 pm »
for me in beta3 with icewm it doesn't work.

I had this before: defaultserverargs=" -nolisten tcp -kb -screen 480x640@270"
but now I have set it to what you have but still it doesn't work with the fn button.

Could you maybe give me your startx script to look at it?

Btw. I assume that setting the brightness with fn+3/4 works without any problems... but does zooming out (fn+1) and zooming in (fn+2) work as it does in matchbox? Because I think that there will be the problem that I described up above (that it is able to zoom but icewm thinking that 240x320/480x640 means 240/480 pixels broad and 320/640 pixels high. But it should be 320/640 pixels broad and 240/480 high! matchbox seems to understand this but other WMs not. They want for a normal screen a normal resolution of 640x480 not 480x640, but xrandr is not able to set 640x480. But as I also described the solution is to mirror the screen in both axis and then inverting the screen with the options "... -x -y -o inverted" for xrandr).

Hope that people can understand my thoughts

Stay well

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