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Asus Eee PC / Asus 3epc
« on: November 16, 2007, 03:13:51 pm »
Quote from: Capn_Fish
A black version (same specs, same price) is out now, FWIW.
That's old news    I already mentioned that I got the black model over a week ago. Unfortunately it seems that there's a possibility that the black models are a newer batch which doesn't have the spare mini-pcie slot

General Discussion / Garnet Vm For Zaurus?
« on: November 15, 2007, 10:37:30 am »
Quote from: Cyberdoc1971
...I seem to remember with Jeff Hawkins assistance, they defined what a smartphone is.
That sounds like a very US-centric view of the world. Whilst Palm was busy "defining what a smartphone is" the rest of the world were busy actually using smartphones  

Asus Eee PC / Asus 3epc
« on: November 10, 2007, 08:43:54 pm »
Quote from: Capn_Fish
Could somebody post some screenshots of doing stuff like surfing OESF and editing a text file?
OK here you go:

Reading OESF forums
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Posting to OESF forums
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Editing a text file
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Asus Eee PC / Asus 3epc
« on: November 10, 2007, 08:28:48 pm »
Quote from: Capn_Fish
One more question: Is it set up like a "normal" computer, eg standard-ish BIOS, etc.?
The BIOS setup is very basic (as is the norm in notebooks). It allows you to:

1) Change the system clock
2) Configure the IDE interface and other onboard devices (usb, lan etc)
3) Set BIOS password (user and supervisor)
4) Configure boot device and priority - you can boot from the internal SSD, USB stick, USB cdrom (I've tried these), you can also apparently boot from the internal SD card reader (which I haven't tried yet). There is also the option of LAN boot.

Asus Eee PC / Asus 3epc
« on: November 10, 2007, 05:53:01 am »
Quote from: zmiq2
- does it make noise?
Yes the fan makes a noise, but it's very quiet and you can only hear it if you put your ear right next to the fan, or if you're using it in a near silent environment.

- wifi surfing battery life?
I've only just got wireless up and running so I can't really comment just yet.  The fact that the config util for wlan chokes when you have spaces in the passphrase didn't help.

Update: I managed to get just about 3hrs out of the battery with wireless on. About 75-80% of that time I was doing heavy browsing and the remainder I was fiddling with usb BT dongles trying to get it going.

- firefox is standard firefox, i.e. extensions can be installed on?
Sure. I've installed the Littlefox theme on this and apart from increasing the viewing area when browsing I was surprised that it also affects the dialogs throughout firefox - ie with the default theme many of the preferences dialogs are too large and you have to ALT+drag the window up and then increase the size of the window in order to be able to view all the widgets. With Littlefox installed all the  dialog are made more compact and fit within the screen sized window. Could be considered an essential install.

Asus Eee PC / Asus 3epc
« on: November 09, 2007, 09:36:59 am »
I have just got myself the black model of this thing (I think it looks much better than the white). First impressions are it is quite a sturdy little beast, it feels solid and there are no give and no squeaky parts or anything like that (in contrast to some of the reports that I've read which says construction is flimsy). Haven't managed to get wireless working yet. Using the wired ethernet skype and web browsing is fine, youtube works even.

Funny thing: maybe because I got my Eee in HK it comes with an English<->Chinese dictionary, in the settings you can configure the font size and one of the choice is "Largerest", you can also configure the language used for the interface but the label is "Laguange". I sure hope that the dictionary entries themselves are not full of mistakes  

If there is any interest I may write up a more comprehensive report after I've played around with the thing a bit more.

Quote from: Jon_J
This desktop has these specs: Pentium III, 600 MHZ, 512 MB RAM, 20GB HDD, onboard video (sis chip)
That should be powerful enough a system to not run as "slow as molasses in January" (is that in the Northern hemisphere or Southern??). Up to about 3 years ago my main desktop was running on a 500MHz/256MB machine and performance was acceptable.

Windows 98SE is pretty fast on this computer, so I installed ubuntu 5.10 onto it and the entire install took about 4 hours (huh?)
Have you checked whether DMA for the disks is enabled?

When I finally got to the desktop with a working mouse, it was as slow as molasses.
It took 10 seconds just to open a help window and a file browser window took about as long.
But what was it like after the app has loaded?
Last year I was going to try Debian, but got lost in the confusing amount of CD-ROMs required to be downloaded and gave that up.
It does get slightly confusing but essentially you only need to download 1 disc - the "net install" disc or whatever it's called. Debian also has another option these days, you can download a single disc which will auto install KDE for you (I think there are gnome & xfce flavoured discs as well).

I'm thinking of installing damn small linux on that box, but I thought I would ask here:
What is a good starting linux distro for a beginner that will install on an older PC?
Do all linux distros support cross compiling for the Zaurus? (I would rather muck about on an old desktop, than mess up my Z).
If it is only for cross-compiling purposes you probably should install pdaXrom itself. There is also a package, which you can install on practically any linux distro, that sets up a cross-compile environment for you.

Asus Eee PC / Asus 3epc
« on: October 30, 2007, 08:29:08 am »
Quote from: adf
WOuld make an awesome combo with a neo1973, wouldn't it?
Unfortunately, not really. I just realised that the eee doesn't have either bluetooth nor irda - sure you can get dongles for both, but it would have been a lot better if Asus had included one or both.

General Discussion / Why Hasn't Somebody From Sony Or Oqo Gotten A Clue?
« on: October 24, 2007, 08:34:03 pm »
Quote from: speculatrix
and it was dog slow until I turned off all the flashy interface stuff (set theme to windows classic, closed side bar, maximised use for performance - no animation on interface), and afterwards it's not so bad.
At that point you might as well be running xp or win98 even. The "flashy" graphics are the only "benefits" of vista to the user, all the useful features of longhorn had been axed so m$ could concentrate on the real purpose of vista - the draconian drm.

OESF Wiki / Beyond Zaurus
« on: October 19, 2007, 01:03:09 pm »
Quote from: tux
We are each about 8 hours apart in our time zone. So communication does lag.
Look on the bright side, between the three of you, you can work 24 hours a day on the thing

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Firefox Just Shuts Off After Several Links...
« on: October 14, 2007, 11:31:50 pm »
Quote from: Jon_J
I never heard of mozilla as a browser, I thought mozilla was firefox's parent company, like GM makes chevrolet.
You must have joined the party late  Mozilla Communicator is based off the old Netscape Communicator - AOL bought Netscape and after several years of neglect decided to setup the Mozilla Foundation and open up the Communicator code. Netscape was one of the unwilling participants in the so-called "browser wars" in which M$ used its illegally gotten and maintained monopoly to force an inferior browser and the greatest cause of malware onto the desktops of the mindless windoze using sheep. This led to the trial in which M$ was convicted of illegally abusing its monopoly and one of the proposed punishments was the breaking up of M$. Unfortunately the Bush dictatorship came along and the "Justice" Department, flush with campaign funds from M$, decided that M$ could instead extend its monopoly even further by "giving" away "millions of dollars" worth of software to schools and other institutes.

... but I think it's much faster to surf with a browser that doesn't crash every 4-5 minutes, and needs to be re-launched.
Just so you know, you will run into the segfault problem sooner or later

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Firefox Just Shuts Off After Several Links...
« on: October 14, 2007, 03:42:55 pm »
Quote from: Jon_J
This is the error when firefox crashes.
I'm hoping my Epiphany crashes are also related to this one and if this one can be fixed, both browsers will stop crashing.
Code: [Select]
/usr/lib/firefox/lib/firefox- line 131:  5533 Segmentation fault "$prog" ${1+"$@"}
FWIW whenever I get this error it is usually time to reboot. Sometimes closing down other programs would get rid of that error - I think it might have something to do with shared memory (shm?). I doubt whether it has anything to do with swap (I have plenty of swap).

Sometimes switching between Mozilla (Communicator) and Firefox staves off reboot for a while - both Mozilla and Firefox are prone to that error.

General Discussion / Zaurus Rom Zoo, But Where's A Vision?
« on: October 09, 2007, 04:21:57 am »
Quote from: walkman
This was a very valid point. So let's check their websites:


I think the above quoted descriptions and mission statements try to clearly specify what they are about. What I personally like is what Gentoo says. That's perfectly clear and very well highlighted. Ubuntu is not that straightfoward as it could be. I guess it is because they started to grow recently and they have all sorts of these subprojects (Desktop, Server, Mobile, etc.) so on their front-page you only read about being free (which is nowadays not a very distinguishable feature).
Quite frankly I couldn't care less what the "mission statement" of the various distros are. Most mission statements are just marketing garbage with no warranty attached, and are simply statements (not commitments).

Anyway, if it's only for your own personal satisfaction and you want to know which distro is most suitable for you then:

Sharp/Cacko - for mostly PDA functionality, and least need to fiddle around
pdaXrom - if you need maximum flexibility and a real desktop experience, some fiddling recommended
Angstrom - probably a cross between the above 2. I've never used it so can't really comment

All the others (*BSD, Gentoo, Debian etc) are probably not quite there yet - in terms of hardware support. So if you want to play safe stick to one of the 3 listed above.

If this topic was started for the benefit of the wider community, then yes, please go ahead and try all the various distros then write up a summary comparing and contrasting them all  I'm sure a lot of people would be grateful for it.

Personally I picked pdaXrom because I was able to use standard X applications on it. If a particular app you need is not available in the standard distribution it is relatively easy to compile it yourself. I've long since stopped fiddling with my pdaXrom installation since it now does all I need of it.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Getting Swap To Automount
« on: October 01, 2007, 02:09:05 am »
I've never managed to get pdaxrom beta1.3 (and older) to use the /etc/fstab file, it just seems to ignore the entries in there. What I did was modify /etc/rc.d/init.d/pcmcia, I added this to the end of "start":

[div class=\'codetop\']CODE[/div][div class=\'codemain\' style=\'height:200px;white-space:pre;overflow:auto\']   SWAPS="hda6 hdc6"
    for SWAP in $SWAPS; do
        IS_PART=`grep "$SWAP" /proc/partitions 2>/dev/null`
        if [ "$IS_PART" ]; then
            swapon "/dev/$SWAP"

You probably just need a simple "swapon /dev/hdXX". The reason I did it like that was because at that time there was a bug in MD/CF mounting process which meant the MD was assigned either hda or hdc depending on whether there was CF card in the slot at boot time - I believe if you search the forum for "ide.opts" you would find the gory details.

pdaXrom Development / Release Included Packages
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:09:43 am »
I'm am all about Byte by Byte backups, I not to keen to the tar'ing a filesystem and an active one at that... *quivers*
Actually it's good that there are (or will be) 2 backup methods. Meanie's could be used for "everyday" backup operations, whilst yours would be like ghost/partimage for making a verbatim backup of the complete system.

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