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Old 09-29-2003, 06:26 AM   #1
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Zaurus -- is it worth it?

I know a few Zaurus threads have been running but I really to figure out if they are worth it when compared to something like a Tuncstan.

I would like to be able to code on a pda and improve my general Linux knowledge but the priority is to be able to connect to the web and get mail EASILLY (very easilly infact
) and use WI-Fi.

Has anyone found the Zaurus good for this or bad and what is your level of Linux experience?

SOmeone persuade me ..... ;-)
Old 09-29-2003, 02:42 PM   #2
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The Zaurus is a sweet piece of hardware. Think of it more as a small linux box rather than a Linux-powered "Palm". It can do all kinds of cool stuff from running Apache webserver, OpenSSH, an FTP server to "war-driving" apps like Kismet and Wellenreiter that a normal Linux distro can do. It will blow a Palm away in terms of things you can do with it and in terms of processing power (my 5600 is faster than a couple of desktop machines I have).

The Zaurus does have it's downside. The Personal Information manager (PIM) is pretty crappy. Sure it will store phone numbers, addresses and scheduling stuff like a Palm, but the Palm guys have done there homework on making the interface usable and the Zaurus PIM isn't really mature yet. The Palm also has a boat-load more applications written for it, compared to the small (but growing) number of apps ported to the Zaurus.

So I usually will tell people to go with a Palm if you just want something to use as an organizer and play games on. If you are comfortable using the commandline and are looking for essentially a linux box that can fit in your pocket, then the Zaurus is an awesome tool.

My level of Linux experience is about a couple of years running various distro's of Linux. I like to think I know what I'm doing

Wireless on the Zaurus 5600 is really easy. Just make sure that the wireless card is supported by the Zaurus. I have a Linksys WCF12 and it worked "out of the box".

Last edited by Capt_Caveman; 09-29-2003 at 02:44 PM.
Old 10-17-2003, 03:14 PM   #3
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If all you wanted is email wherever you go, a mobile phone, GPRS and Zaurus are all you ever want and it operates like a dream come true in this mode.

This set up allows me to travel light....i.e. no laptop, if I choose to leave it behind, which I do frequently.

However the sweet thing is that it does a whole lot more than that.


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