[PD] PDA suggestions
derek at x-i.net
Tue Mar 29 22:12:37 CEST 2005
> I had the feeling you would be the first one to reply on this subject
Maybe just 'cause I'm pretty deep into it myself right now ;-)
> do you run familiar on the Ipaq or is there a better option?
Yes, I'm running Familiar 0.8.1 right now. Again, see my install notes
for details. There are some idiosyncracies in the audio that should be
resolved in 0.8.2 (namely no ALSA support!)
There is another distro called Intimate for Ipaq that uses all standard
Debian ARM packages, but it is pretty much dead in the water for more
than a year, so kernel support for newer Ipaqs isn't really there. I'm
curious myself how easy it would be to include Debian repositories in
the list of package sources for Familiar. They are supposed to be
compatible, but I don't know what kind of a mess the dependencies will
become. I'll look into it soon.
Sometimes I wished there was a good Gentoo for ARM... big problem would
be how to actually compile anything in less than 5 years on an Ipaq!
There are technically Gentoo-ARM and Gentoo-embedded trees, and a Gentoo
netboot, but it's barely wearing it's first pair of shoes:
and Gentoo for Zaurus, if you are really a Gentoo junkie:
The core of Familiar is Open Embedded, which may be less "user friendly"
than Opie or GPE Familiar, but more flexible:
More ARM info:
And another kind of ARM portable is here:
I think this new development of ARM as a standard for portable computing
is really exciting, as we can expect loads of PDAs, mobile phones, game
units and other stuff to be using this processor in the near future.
Whatever ground gets broken now for "reclaiming" it with Linux and
running stuff like PDa on it sets a real precedent for what is possible
later on as far as mobile multimedia. Rock on!
derek holzer ::: http://www.umatic.nl
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