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Old 07-05-2006, 06:18 PM   #1
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Debian for Zaurus 3100 (boot from an compact flash and installed to the 128 ram)


Hello. I am going to try to put Debian on my Zaurus SL-c3100. I need help getting my Zaurus to boot from a Compact Flash and install a tiny distro of linux (preferably some VERY small copy of Debian) to my PDA. I am not looking for help on dual-booting with some other OS on the device.

I want to put Debian on the internal 128MB flash drive and run something like IceWM or Fluxbox off it if possible. I am impressed with Damn-Small Linux and so I feel that I can probably do something get a very basic working linux system running with some good graphics on my PDA without too much trouble or harddrive space.

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Old 07-06-2006, 07:05 AM   #2
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You probably want to check out the OpenZaurus project then. I doubt that a general distro like DSL would be able to handle the hardware (or vice-versa) without lots of special modifications, so you should probably stick with what others have already been working on.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a lot of newbie-friendly info about the project or the distro at this time, so you'll still have to do a lot of research on your own. I recently bought a C3200 myself and I'm considering installing OZ on it, but I have to make sure it will still be able to handle a few things I need first, such as Japanese handwriting support. I'm not going to do it until I know it will suit my needs.

At least the wiki seems to have good installation instructions. The 3100/3200 versions are apparently designed to install to hard disk instead of ram though, which requires repartitioning the hard disk. It doesn't seem that hard to do, but it is a bit worrisome to have to mess with something so basic. Still, it looks like it's pretty good once you get everything installed.

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Old 07-06-2006, 06:55 PM   #3
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I talked with the OpenZaurus guys in their #openzaurus@irc.freenode.net channel, and they pointed me to some files with GPE running Fluxbox on it. The screenshots look nice and I think I will give it a try for my Zaurus....

I will post any updates about this for posterity
 
  


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