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Off Topic forum / Cheap Chinese Mp3/mp4 Av On Ebay
« on: September 10, 2007, 08:41:38 pm »
Ebay has a bunch of really (like $50usd or less list price) cheap mp3 audio mp4 video players listed.
here is one :

Anyone know what these things are? are they utter junk? interesting toys? a stocking stuffer for a kid?

I thought, at any rate, that you folks might find it interesting.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Windows 3.1 On Dosbox Or Bochs?
« on: September 02, 2007, 11:36:03 pm »
I dug up my old cd based Oxford English Dictionary. It was easy enough to get it goin from an image using wine on ubuntu.  I tried it in dosbox and it said it needed windows 3.1. I was kinda surprised, I thought it might go on dos--it has  very simple interface (which I really like) and seems pretty light. Any suggestions (aside from putting it on my server and using it remotely)? Has any one got win3.1 running on pdax? I can't imagine a lot of reasons to try...

General Discussion / Epiphany Can Be Compiled Against Webkit?
« on: September 02, 2007, 02:56:30 pm »
It seems to me this might be a way for the 2.6 based eabi systems with QT4 to get round the firefox compile problem. Yes? No?

General Discussion / How About A Pinned Multidistro Thread?
« on: August 26, 2007, 03:58:42 pm »
I'm not quite sure how we'd make this as easy as possibly to use, but wouldn't it be nice if something--a table would be a good choice-- were setup up so that different systems cuold be compared on the basis of functionality?  we could even include links to a benefits page, arguing the benefits of the distro, and links to how-to pages for any setups that require tweaking, knowledge or insight.

This would be a real help--  imagine:  I'd like to try  2.6 based distro, or openbsd, or a desktop based distro--but I'm pretty set on having my hardware (especially my bluetooth gprs) working without issues.
I'd be nice to know, at-a-glance if the functions (hardware and software) I want are available. I'm sure this would be a big help for the Z community, though probably relly annoying to maintain.

I suggest this after years of trying different distros and finding at inconvenient times that something I wanted was unstable or unavailable. I'm sure we all have the same experiences in that regard, and that it tends to cause some unduly critical comments re one distro or another

Zaurus - pdaXrom /
« on: August 13, 2007, 10:08:36 pm »
I did an "ipkg upgrade" on kakazov's feed from a fairly clean install of 5.4.8. A lot of libs and packages got upgraded, though I had to do 15-20 manually because ipkg thinks x.2.3 is a higher version than x.12.4.
The good news is that besides having to manually relink libbluetooth and manually installing thosepackages, it all seems to work!

Your mileage might vary, of course, but making use of kakazov's (substantial) beta3 work in pdaxii13 seems to me like a good idea.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Squashfs 3 For 2.4.20?
« on: August 11, 2007, 02:38:14 am »
Here it the tarball for squashfs 3.1. there is a 2.4.20 patch in it if anyone (like eviljazz or meanie, maybe?) has a 2.95 corsscompiler and a configured kernel source ready to roll.
The reason I put it up is than in my experience 3.x makes smaller files than 2.x, and 3.x has a higher file-size limit, allowing for bigger squashes. Basically, this would make for a better system than the current 2.x squash in all the 2.4 kernels for the Z, as far as I can tell.
 (if you'd guessed by my sudden burst of posts on compressed filesystems, I am working on loop mounting some fairly huge stuff)

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Zisofs Pdaxii13 5.4.8
« on: August 10, 2007, 06:08:49 am »
I had been able (through the installation of what, I don't know--maybe kde??) on my previous 5.4.7 system to run mkzftree. My Z no longer knows that command, afer a clean install of 5.4.8.   On checking around, I found that I couldn't find either the isofs modules or any zisofs tools packaged for the Z on 2.4.20.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pdax Versions And Development?
« on: August 09, 2007, 07:24:42 pm »
How, really is pdaX being developed? (not technically--I mean what areas are being worked on in what sequence?)

The reason I bring this up is that from what I, as an end user, actually see is:

Old Betas 1-3


New Betas 4-198 +patches

Some people are developing new libs for old betas (kkhazov comes to mind,, though there are more)

Meanie coninues work on pdaxii13, including usful new developments (like the recent sound enhancements)

The offical development seems  to be in the kernel 2.6 stuff.
..And what about the pdaX86 stuff?  I bet there will be a demand with the upcoming olpc, eeepc and nanopc

Maybe some reorganization would be esaier on all?

what about organizing via a "stable" branch based on pdaxii13 (and even re add 6000 support based on beta1?), a stable/dev-- branch devoteed to updating libraries on the 2.4 based stable system, and a dev branch aimed at more or less matching lib and kernel versions with debian stable (or newer)?

Functionally this is not very different from what seems to be actually happening, but descriptively it might make things easier to follow. How would a new user (or a casual reader) understand the difference between r198, beta4, beta3, pdaXii13, and Beta1? Feedwise, how much reading is required to guess which feeds will work with what setups? I've done terrible things to pdaxii13 using feeds with newer dependencies, and occasionally (like cups and gpe shield) have to resort to older versions to make things work. A simpler descriptive system would prevent this sort of thing (though in my case I suppose I're read/installed enough to know more or less what works and what doesn't on my Z).

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Kde Revisited (after Change To Cf)
« on: July 13, 2007, 02:24:44 pm »
Since I switched to an a-data 40x cf from my standard microdrive, I'd noticed that some things were way faster-- in rox , loadingt the contents on /usr/bin, or /usr/share/pixmaps is nearly instant, where with the MD it had shown noticeable lag.

Inspired by the thread on konq-e I loaded kdelibs from the 3.5 ipk (I'll be asking for help with libtool soon, I think) ..then figured I'd load the whole kde and see if there was a difference.  It is amazing--  Kde is really viable on my Z (though I Have to remap a key or two--the colon isn't working).

The point is that with low seek times kde menus pop up very nearly as quickly as icewm's do... konqueror opens in kde in 30 seconds (slightly -5-10 seconds less than firefox in icewm --and konqueror loads in about a minute in icwm, btw).
The gtk apps don't seem to load noticeably slower, either.
KDE is actually useable!

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Qlwm Qt Window Manager
« on: July 12, 2007, 05:53:18 pm »
I just complied the qt3 version on my Z in minutes. It is pretty minimal, as is--some tweaking and customizing would need to be done before it is really a good alternative.
I bring it up because it runs on x11, doesn't seem to take much time to load libs to run dillo. it also seemt to be quicker at loading qt apps (since qt is already loaded). ta qlwm project page shows konqueror running on it.  possibly this could be the basis of a nice x11 gui for the Z running light kde stuff?

I guess the next step is to see how 'full' a konqueror can be made for it?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Freeciv 2 Beta (1 Or 4)
« on: July 12, 2007, 03:04:20 am »
been trying to play freeciv- from the beta packages- it runs nicely, but every time I look at a reoprt, say science research, or demographics, the report window overlays where the main map window was. I can't figure out how to get back to the map.
Anyone play freeciv and know how to do this? (I suspect this might be really obvious, but I'm stuck)

General Discussion / Hdparm -t Results
« on: July 01, 2007, 03:42:00 am »
on my 3100 pdaxii13 standard (416) clockspeed icewm, hdparm -t gets me:

hdparm -t /dev/hda3 2.43 MB/sec  

hdparm -t /dev/mmcda1 2.99 MB/sec (150x 4G SD)

not too speedy. am I missing something?
what kind of speeds are you folks seeing?
how about bsd?
rc 198?

these are read speeds... anyone know how to get write speeds?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pdaxii13 W/ 16g On 3x00
« on: June 30, 2007, 08:32:19 pm »
I'm starting to think a 16G cf card to replace my MD might be a good idea. Since pdaxii13 (or whatever similar 2.6 pdaX system evolves) will be my OS, I'm curious about how, hypothetically, one might make best use of the big CF.

1) is an internal CF as fast as the Z's flash mem?

2) If so how would one do a complete pdaxii13 install on the CF (like the 3000 setup, I suspect) on a 3x00?

3) is a modified "all on the big cf card" install really worth doing? (seems to me it must be, but I've been wildly wrong before)

ideas, suggestions?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Gnash Pdaxii13
« on: June 24, 2007, 09:06:21 pm »
Requires Boost?

I'm on a media kick again, tried to compile gnash to watch youtube (since gplflash crashes, or has for a month or two). It complained about "boost," not being available and failed.  is this trivial?  can it be done with relative ease? Is gnash efficient enough for it to be worthwhile on the Z (I'm mostly thinking plugin use)?

Besides, we have to keep up with the iphone, don't we?  

PocketPenguin / Snap Together?
« on: June 23, 2007, 04:02:30 am »
Saw this  at tyrannozaurus. --embedded PCs on usb keys and immediately thought DB would have loads of fun making a cluster with 6 of 'em, a 7 port hub and a zaurus
actually, that could be kinda nifty...

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