[ILUG] Linux PDA question
John P . Looney
john at antefacto.com
Mon Feb 5 11:21:57 GMT 2001
On Mon, Feb 05, 2001 at 10:55:20AM -0000, Phil Trickett mentioned:
> No, Don't wait, buy an iPAQ. The deep sleep support is nearly done,
> (according to the mailing list), and the screen is excellent. Plus having
> mp3's and videos playing on the unit is really useful (yeah right!).
Hmmm. 1) They are expensive (£500), and 2) they aren't that good yet. At
linuxworld, compaq donated one, and I got to play with it for a few hours.
It's 16MB flash doesn't really store much - basic X, xterm, TWM and a few
And, I've "issues" with using X, without a keyboard (though "brain" says
that the stylus is the way to go).
> I haven't installed linux on it yet, but from reading general mail from the
> list, it works well, and the input options are very workable.
It doesn't really work that well. Do you know how tedious it is to do
graffitti type stuff into an xterm ? Do remember, that all linux apps are
written assuming you have a keyboard.
Then again, if you build the device, the applications will come.
When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain or command:
to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
-- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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