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C1000/3x00 Hardware / Alive?
« on: September 29, 2016, 04:37:55 am »
Quote from: ArchiMark

A quick post to let you know that after being down for several months, OESF is back again!!

Thanks sdjf and ArchiMark for the heads up on! (Note: me and a couple of other users had an ongoing discussion about oesf in a private thread on I have checked and I have received no message from anyone about the forum being again online: neither from offroadgeek, dangerz (Roy) nor for the ticket on I believe it was offroad though, he's apparently the only admin to have the account's password on ibiblio, and I don't think that the ibiblio guys would fix themselves the forum, they only provide help regarding any hosting issue. If so, and you are reading these lines, thank you offroad! Well, it's such a relief that everything is back online now! I'll now ask to close the ticket on ibiblio, and notify dangerz.

Tonight I'll try to make a complete mirror of the forum with httrack, including all the attachments, so that we have a backup, just in case. So far we only have speculatrix' mirror from 2007, which doesn't include attachments, and it is also only available via

BTW: check the forum's main page in the next days, offroad might post an update there: You can access to it by clicking on the "OESF Portal" link at the top left corner.


General Discussion / Foxconn Buys Sharp For $3.5 Billion
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:15:48 am »
"Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, will pay about $3.5 billion for a two-thirds stake, cutting its initial offer by nearly $900 million following the emergence of previously undisclosed liabilities at Sharp."

"Gou pointed to Sharp's proprietary know-how to mass-produce the advanced IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display technology as a standout, calling it superior to the popular OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. IGZO technology is used in products such as Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPad."

I hope that Sharp, after the last years' losses, will manage to become profitable again...


I have now sent a PM to InSearchOf, he seems to still come here from time to time. I wonder if he's the only remaining admin here or if there are others who are still active...



this is a long standing issue here, but so far no-one has ever fixed it.  

Every time I try to access the forum, the first time it always redirects to a malicious website ( When I reload the page, it correctly redirects me to the forum.

This seems to be the issue (thanks Tomoe for the hint):

I hope that the DB (with the usernames/passwords) hasn't been compromised too


GPD Win - hardware / New Gpd Clamshell W/ Keyboard In The Works
« on: February 04, 2016, 07:59:24 am »
Quote from: zaurusrex
3D print size comparisons show the device size in similarity to GPD XD. Sounds a neat device!
Good find! So:

SL-C xx00: 124 x 87 x 25mm
GDP Win:   155 x 94 x 24mm

The GDP handheld will be then quite wider (+31 mm) and a bit deeper (+ 7 mm) than the SL-C. I would have preferred it to be smaller, but at least it should still fit into a (larger) pocket.


GPD Win - hardware / New Gpd Clamshell W/ Keyboard In The Works
« on: February 04, 2016, 05:52:42 am »
For those of you still searching for a Z replacement: a new clamshell console with a built-in keyboard has been announced:

GDP has in the past already released some clamshell consoles (albeit without a keyboard), like the GPD XD, with some very positive reviews (like this:, so this looks like an interesting project. The measurements haven't been released yet, but since it has a 5.5" display I guess it will be more or less big as an SL-C. It will ship with Windows 10 and eventually Android unfortunately; Linux support might be problematic as explained here:

I hope that the designers will eventually shed some light on this. The designers are open to any comment and request on the Dingoonity forum thread posted above.
Thanks to Tomoe on #zaurus for the URL!


C1000/3x00 General discussions / Announcing Zgrom 0.1
« on: January 19, 2016, 08:47:20 pm »
I have met Ant on #kexecboot, and he told me about the current situation of kexecboot (see also my post here: He told me that, unfortunately, the 3.2 prebuilt images are lost.
This image had anyway problems on some models (poodle and especially collie).

The reason why the 2.6.xx images (and the later ones, including the 3.2 one) fail to boot zgrom is because they use the old boot.img syntax, so a newer image is required. My guess is that, when zgrom was released, a kexecboot based on a kernel newer than 3.2 was available, and that might have been required for zgrom.

Arch Linux' kexecboot is based on 3.5, so zgrom should work with it.


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Zaurus Kexecboot-enabled Kernels
« on: January 19, 2016, 08:31:24 pm »
I have just talked with Ant on #kexecboot regarding the actual state of kexecboot. He has told me that the work is still proceeding on the version 4.4 of the kernel, focusing especially on the support for collie and poodle which were not well supported in the latest 3.2 build (missing MTD and SD card support on collie, some minor issues on poodle).

Anyway, he'll soon release a new serie of kexecboot-kernels based on the latest 4.4, testers will be needed for these kernels!

So, keep an eye on this page


C1000/3x00 General discussions / Announcing Zgrom 0.1
« on: January 19, 2016, 06:13:16 pm »
Quote from: zaurusrex
I found some trouble booting Zgrom from the older kexecboot-2.6.2x which is located here.
Ah, thanks for this info, I was about to flash that same version! What was the problem with the boot?

I'll try the Arch version then, as well. BTW I have found a site with newer kexecboot versions, though again without the final 3.1 one:

These builds have been mentioned here, by one of the kexecboot devs:

The latest versions seem to be zImage-3.1.0-rc1+-spitz.bin (for the C3000) and zImage-3.1.0-rc1+-akita.bin (for the C1000), you might want to give them a try too.


C1000/3x00 General discussions / Announcing Zgrom 0.1
« on: January 19, 2016, 06:15:27 am »
Quote from: zaurusrex
Hello, Does anyone possibly have a link to the pre-compiled kexecboot-kernel 3.2 for Zaurus SL-C1000, 3100 or 3200?

Are you referring to these kernels?

I'm also interested in those images, I have now asked on the #kexecboot channel, hopefully someone will help me, I will let you know. EDIT: no answer on the channel, unfortunately

BTW what is the difference between this version of kexecboot and the one on the Arch Linux page (, apart from the fact that the latter is officially only for 3x00 models?


Zaurus - Arch Linux ARM support / #alarmz On Freenode
« on: January 14, 2016, 09:30:55 am »
I was wondering the other day "is there any channel for Arch Linux on the Zaurus?", guess I have found it now


Off Topic forum / Sharp's Latest Product - A Robot Smartphone!
« on: January 14, 2016, 04:18:38 am »
Sharp is about to release a new smartphone - not a classic one, this one is shaped as a robot!

It has voice and face recognition, speech synthesis, animated arms and legs and an built-in projector. The price has yet to be announced, I'm curious to know how much it will cost, what is sure is that it's damn cute  


C1000/3x00 General discussions / Announcing Zgrom 0.1
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:50:33 am »
That's bad... I hope that you'll anyway manage to find them . At least the binaries can still be downloaded from the repository, although they might disappear at any moment without notice. I have downloaded them. It might be a good idea to store them in a public file repository, if you agree that is  Together maybe with other Z ROMs, so that they won't get lost.

Thanks anyway for the answer.


C1000/3x00 General discussions / Announcing Zgrom 0.1
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:26:12 am »

Google Code is unfortunately closing down, and starting from this month it is not possible to browse the source code or download any file from any project hosted there. The only operation still allowed is an automatic export to Github. I have done a search on the whole forum and zgrom seems to be the only Z-related project hosted there.

I have seen that a first import of zgrom to Github has been already done some month ago, but unfortunately the repository contans no code:

It would be a pity to lose all the source code of this nice ROM... I have now contacted the author via mail (I don't know if he still visits the forum), I hope that this will be eventually sorted out.

@danboid: This might be interesting for you too for the SDL code


General Discussion / Join Us On The #zaurus Irc Channel
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:39:35 am »

I just wanted to remind everyone that the #zaurus channel on IRC is still active!

#zaurus on

We have recently put back online the infobot (thanks TimRiker!) for channel logging and other nice stats, all the channel's logs can be found here:

See you on IRC!


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