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« on: February 28, 2008, 05:25:16 am »
Hi there

I’m a linux user, but only on desktops. I recently bought a Zaurus SL-5500 on ebay – a great little system despite being a bit old now. Anyway it will serve my purposes for a while.

I see that there are numerous replacement ROMs for the SL-5500, which I’m keen to investigate, but first I’d like get a feel for (as an historic perspective) which Sharp ROMs have been released for the SL-5500 over the years. The one I bought on ebay came with version 3.10, which I see, from reading items on the Web, is the final one to be released by Sharp.

Can somebody point me to a list of all the previous Sharp ROM versions (1.x/2.x/3.x). Are there any and ‘release notes’ (of sorts) for these?

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2008, 04:13:33 pm »
Hi Tallis-Zed, I'm not sure but I think that there is a 3.13 version.
The newer versions are almost de same thing, just a little faster.

I'm using TKRom, and I find it very good for the regular use.
All apps installing right, and no problem at all.

Maybe sharp is also as good as TK. You can use the SD patch like in TKRom, as well.

SL-C3200 Sharp Rom, Meanie's X/QT and Pocket Workstation
Wifi Linksys WCF12, SD 1GB Kingston (Ellite Pro)

SL-5500S Cacko Crow 30/30 home on SD
SD 1GB Kingston (the good one)
CF 1GB Kingston

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008, 12:46:56 am »
Older the ROM, less speed.  I am on 2.38 and wouldn't go back further if I were you.

Best ROM depends on what you want it for.  3.1x is definitely better at memory management and a lot of more recent software works on 3.1x and not my dinasour.  I prefer the dinasaur as it's better with dialup and that's what I use.  I also don't have another box here and wouldn't want to have to go without my Z during tweaking.

Have already done a lot of tweaking with mine.  Also, your 3.1 comes with Opera 6 IIRC, and 2.38 comes with Opera 5.  I've installed Opera 7.30, which gives me better web access than 5 ever did, but it crashes very quickly unless I keep images turned off and keep closing other pages.  I've learned tricks to manage memory better, but unless you want to use dialup, or something else that's only available for old ROMs, I'd stick with what you've got.

all sharp's ROMs have broken symlinks, even the more recent ones, there's no perfection there.

Again, depends on what you want your Z to be...mine works as my desktop, and I'm a command line freak, so I spend a lot of time in bash and have added a number of commands that were left out of busybox, like "less" and I don't recall what else.  You can check out my websites.

sl5500 running Sharp ROM 2.38 (dead batteries)
sl6000L running Sharp ROM 1.12 (still working)
Opera 7.25 and 7.30
Socket CF 56k modem
3Com USB Ethernet Adapter
Toshiba, Lexar and Kingston SD cards
Lexar, Kingston and Transcend CF cards