Joined: Dec. 2004
||Posted: Mar. 17 2005,20:39
Yes, OQO's are nice. My best friend has one. I on the other hand, have a Sharp Zaurus.
A Zaurus is a little strongarm machine that runs linux. It is in some senses a PDA, but in other (and in my regard) an amazing machine.
I do not use it as a PDA, although it is possible...however the real hacker will squeeze as much functionality of his Z as possible.
I have the developers version, it is no longer sold. I sing its praises because It has wifi, infrared, Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot, and Compact Flash (CF) expansion slow. Mine does not have a hard drive, however they have some that do have hard drives.
Try www.dynamism.com (or visit sharps website) if you're interested. The newest ones are very small, RUN LINUX, and are a fraction of the cost of an OQO. ;) The newest ones are clamshell design (ie. palmtop-laptop) the older ones are PDA looking with slide-out keyboards. the keyboard is almost perfect for the form factor ;) mine (my machine) is not much bigger than an ipod.
OQO's are nice however...and I would jump at the chance to get one...but as for me and my Z...we will be content with it being an amazing little wireless terminal that runs SSH, webserver, ftp server, VNC server, anything you can run on linux, basically =). it is also a very handy hacker utility. It runs Kismet, Wellenreiter, its great for wifi hacking....wardriving...well, basically anything you could think of a mobile linux machine would be good for. ;)
p.s. the zaurus community is actively developed with tons of support and packages through a package manager (called ipkg (similar to apt), with package manager interfaces --similar to synaptic--) you can check out www.openzaurus.org (that is what got me interested in even owning a Zaurus) I run OZ 3.5.2 with OPIE (a very pretty window manager / desktop suite)...then again, theres always the console ;)
p.s.s apparently plural for zaurus is not zauruses, its <brimstone> yay! Zaurii!
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