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Old 08-15-2004, 07:55 PM   #1
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Question Anyone have experience with Zaurus?

Hello all,

I'm looking into getting a Sharp Zaurus, the linux PDA. I have no trouble getting around in linux, CL or GUI. My question is, can anyone tell me how close to a real linux box this pda is like? I do network testing/fixing, and as I'm sure most of you know, linux is the best OS for this. However, many of my clients haven't a *nix box in site. Is the Zaurus good enough that I can compile (or compile on another box and copy on) my network programs (raw-ethernet libs as well?) and they will run just as well?

Basically, do we have perl, gcc, ssh... etc?

I know this information should be on Google, but I've looked all over, and found specs, but none that say how close the linux kernel works to the regular 1386 version. I mean, if it's a full kernel, cool, but perhaps Sharp took out/edited some code?

Thanks for you input!!!
Old 08-15-2004, 09:10 PM   #2
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I had one at one time. Have you checked out OpenZaurus? It's an open source Linux environment you can plug in and replace the original Sharp ROM. You can backup the original Sharp ROM and restore it should you not like things. Anyway, at one time I had ssh going, VNC, and a couple other things. As cool as the pull out keyboard is, thumb-keying is slow, and you'll never be extremely quick. It's best just to do quick commands rather than typing-intensive tasks (i.e. coding or what-not).

When I had mine, there was no compiler to run on the Zaurus itself. You could only download packages prepared by others, unless you took the time to set up a development environment to cross-compile for the Zaurus. I don't think that's changed since, but I've been out of the scene for a while.
Old 08-16-2004, 03:14 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone have experience with Zaurus?

Originally posted by crep

Basically, do we have perl, gcc, ssh... etc?
You can get perl, python, gcc, and ssh on your zaurus. I would reccommend the OpenZaurus stuff, as it will have more of what you need. Also soon OZ will release a new version based on the openembedded frame work, which will allow you to easily build any extra packages you need.

The zaurus has full blown linux on it, although there is not much space for things like gcc, if you plan to get something like that you will need to buy an sd card to install it and other things on. Also using that configuration you can use more of the zaurus' internal memory as ram. You may also want to get a CF card for flashing the Z and for extra storage space. I have both.
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OpenZaurus looks VERY cool! Thanks for your input, I think I'll be picking one up on ebay real soon...



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