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Cxx0 Hardware / IBM Microdrive with C7xx/C8xx
« on: September 07, 2004, 01:52:51 pm »
My 4GB Hitachi (which I got for well under $200) was pulled from a Muvo and lacks anything to grip or pull. That I suppose is why the retail version costs an extra $200.    After considering the previous posts, I stuck a Post-It on the side of the drive without the vent hole. Looks cheesy. Works fine.

Is it possible to get a full JavaVM (not ME or Javascript) with Netscape 4.7 or another browser on the C860? I'd be willing to put in some time if it is confirmed possible.

My office won't open a port or give me a VPN (so I can't use Linux remote access software I'm familiar with) but will let me use a remote access service such as GoToMyPC. Some of these services (GoToMyPC, LogMeIn) work with Linux and a java-enabled browser. My understanding is that J2SE, not J2ME or Javascript, is needed. GoToMyPC specifically requires Netscape 4.7 on Linux with JavaVM. I have pocketworkstation running Debian on my C860 and can apt-get Netscape, but the corresponding JavaVM doesn't seem to be available on the ARM platform.  Are there other options, services, suggestions?

Cxx0 Hardware / IBM Microdrive with C7xx/C8xx
« on: September 04, 2004, 01:03:56 pm »
I know what you mean. I put my thumb on the microdrive, index finger on the edge of the keyboard, squeeze a lot harder than I like on things that cost so much, then pull it out. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries, but so far I haven't broken anything. Some other devices have an eject button to help, but not Zaurus. Not a problem on CF cards in general, just my 4GB IBM microdrive.

X/Qt / Activity on X/Qt site
« on: September 04, 2004, 12:42:36 am »
After months with little activity, there is a new list of applications that work with X/Qt and a page about mkpkg in the Wiki on the Japanese language X/Qt page:

X/Qt Wiki

There is also a link to a page of packages for Emacsen:

Emacsen packages

There seem to be some new packages and information, but the translation I get is pretty opaque. Any assistance from those who can read Japanese would be appreciated. A return to active X/Qt development or additions to its package feed would be welcome.

Sharp ROMs / What would you like to see in Cacko 1.22 ROM?
« on: August 24, 2004, 11:41:20 am »
I am one of what I think is a large number of Zaurus users who want both Qt PDA applications and X applications.  People who want only standard idiot-proof PIM functions often won't have opted for Zaurus in the first place.  Some sort of integration of Qt apps with pdaXrom is the high priority for me, like the earlier posters.  

But if technical issues make this impractical for the near-term, what about a CACKO ROM version integrated with XQt or pocketworkstation? It took me a lot more time than I wanted to get them working from a lot of conflicting, mostly outdated, hard to find posts and web pages, and there are still keyboard and environment glitches I haven't been able to fix.   XQt offers the immediate ability to run a reasonable number of X apps alongside QT apps. And pocketworkstation gives you apt-get as well for an enormous amount of software, much of which runs fairly adequately on the Zaurus.

I'm banking on pdaXrom to surpass these alternatives across the board soon. It already does in many ways. But if some kind of integration with CACKO or QT apps isn't in the cards for the next release, please make it easier to use XQt or pocketworkstation in the interim. This should help attract new users to CACKO, users likely to upgrade to pdaXrom as it continues to develop.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Kathrin RC2 available now
« on: August 18, 2004, 08:29:18 pm »
The following two initial steps allowed me to install smoothly with one large partition on my C860 (presumably Ashley's work incorporated).  I went first to the NAND flash utilities and ran the options to:

     -   Fix the Sharp 64 MB limit

     -   Resize root partition to 121 MB

After that, you reboot and do the usual to flash the new ROM. BTW "reboot" in flashing instructions seems to always mean pulling the battery, etc, for steps before the new ROM is installed, not a warm boot using the menu reboot option as you might think.  

As for RC2 -- Excellent work! A few things (like the package manager) don't seem quite finished yet, but the features that are there are working and stable so far.  The one big thing I'm still hoping for in a future version is apt-get, so I can spend more time running apps and less tinkering with install and config glitches.

I'm off to PayPal to make a well-earned contribution.

Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Forum Search
« on: August 12, 2004, 06:28:54 pm »
The workaround for most search deficiencies is to go to Google advanced search, limit results to the ZUG URL, and use the Google search commands.  You pick up results in how-to's etc. as well as in the forums, but that may often be a benefit.

The problems I've noticed with the native Forum Search include the "OR" default, which prevents you from narrowing searches, the refusal to search for three-letter words, i.e., XQt, and the inability to use quotes to search for a phrase.

If any of this can be improved without too much trouble by changing some configuration files, it would be appreciated.

Sharp ROMs / VNC server for C700?
« on: August 08, 2004, 10:33:30 pm »
I had the same problem with three letter searchs and XQt. Finally, I realized you can go to Google and on advanced search restrict the results to That searches the whole site with a more powerful syntax.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Just got back from DefCon, idea for pdaXrom
« on: August 03, 2004, 08:13:26 am »
As the 6000 indicates, a significant enterprise market for companies that can take advantage of the many extras offered by Linux on Zaurus would certainly help the prospects for long term survival of the platform. And an encrypted file system would be a significant step in that direction. It could also create possibilities for new uses in government agencies that for various reasons are fairly open to Linux.

Is real Blowfish-grade disk encryption feasible on the Z without a serious performance penalty?  Some strong encryption programs out there make even encrypting a memo tediously slow, though BURP suggests good design can overcome this. Assuming a fairly transparent design that doesn't slow things down much once it's loaded, which is what the enterprise market will require, lots of individuals would probably take advantage of it too.  At least if there is a version that only requires a passphrase and not a hardware key.

6000 - Tosa / NO Go
« on: August 01, 2004, 10:50:46 pm »
It doesn't quite work for me either on the C860. Pocketworkstation comes up an empty screen in XQt because icewm and the terminal apps weren't found. It looks to me like the icewm and terminal commands are not being executed in the new debroot environment. The chroot command sequence seems quite different from the one in the Gentoo install, and I'm having a hard time figuring it out. I may also be having problems left over from changes I made to get pocketworkstation working with keypebble and fbvnc.

I have a feeling that a lot of people would use pocketworkstation/XQt inside Cacko if there was a good how-to. I've collected all the information on ZUG and elsewhere that I could find and it all requires a lot of time and effort to adapt and get working.

I've been a newbie lurking and benefiting greatly from all the information in this forum over the last couple of months and would be willing to start returning something by writing up a how-to, but I'll need some help from those who know more what they're doing. I suggest assuming a common starting point after extracting the pocketworkstation files and running If Stubear and/or others who are running pocketworkstation directly into XQt rather than with using some version of vnc could post the files they modified and the command sequence, I will try to boil it down into relatively easy steps for a how-to.

Perhaps this thread should be moved to the XQt forum?

General Discussion / Does the C860 have SDIO?
« on: July 23, 2004, 07:51:53 pm »

With WiFi, my 4GB Hitachi/Muvo, Cacko and Debian pocketworkstation in XQt simultaneously, the Z will be a laptop in my pocket. What else is missing?
Don't anyone say Windoze.....

6000 - Tosa / C860 -> USB -> 6000 -> net ?
« on: July 15, 2004, 11:09:52 am »
Thanks. Let me try to be more precise about something I don't understand in any detail. I believe that support for TCP/IP is built into the USB host drivers on most recent Linux and Win desktops, and that the Zaurus has drivers for its slave USB connection which support TCP/IP communication through the USB host.

Is it known that the drivers for the 6000 USB host, unlike those for Linux desktops, don't have this capability? If not, would supplying it be a matter of recompiling or more like a port or re-write? Given the hardware differences, I'm guessing there's probably lot's more to do than simply recompiling. Oh well. . . .

6000 - Tosa / C860 -> USB -> 6000 -> net ?
« on: July 14, 2004, 06:04:00 pm »
Those of us with non-6000 Zaurii presently can't have both wireless internet and another CF device such as a microdrive at the same time because WiFi or bluetooth would take the only CF slot. But the proprietary port can connect to a USB host. The BargainPDA review of the 6000 stated that a C860 Zaurus was recognized as a C7xx in the 6000 over the USB connection but didn't investigate further as I recall.  

Assuming I had uses for both and money to burn, could I use a 6000 like a desktop, connect my C860 through USB, and get proxy internet access? Is anyone in a position to test and confirm?

General Discussion / Does the C860 have SDIO?
« on: July 14, 2004, 02:59:24 am »
I emailed Mobile Link around June 17 and received the following reply, which promised to notify me "if" the driver is ready, not "when," though the distinction may not have been intended. I'll post if I learn that the Zaurus driver is released--immediately *after* I order the card. . . .

>Hi Steven ,
>Thanks for your enquiry.
>The driver is not ready yet . Will inform you if it is ready.
>Simon Wong
>Mobile Link Technology Limited
>NEW Address (Effective from June 14th) : Unit 1309A Cable TV Tower, No. 9 Hoi >Shing Road, Tsuen Wan, N.T.
>Tel: (852) 2499 0610
>Fax: (852) 2499 0637
>Mobile: (852) 9273 4014

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