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Hacker-friendly Linux PDA stack enhanced

Jul 7, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

The OpenZaurus Project has released a new version of its Linux-based software stack for Sharp Zaurus PDAs. OpenZaurus is based on a 2.6.16 Linux kernel, and includes some 13,000 “ready-to-install” packages. Nine Zaurus models are fully supported, while others can be updated selectively.

Major features of the new release include:

  • Opie 1.2.1
  • GPE 2.7
  • WPA (WiFi protected access)
  • Keymap corrections for all machines
  • Fixed keyboard repeat
  • Many Bluetooth base system improvements
  • Drivers for USB WiFi dongles

Supported Zaurus models include:

Additionally, users of non-clamshell models such as the SL-5000/5500/5600/6000 can update their base systems using the software feeds, according to OpenZaurus release manager Marcin Juszkiewicz.

The OpenZaurus project aims to maintain an alternative, more developer-friendly Linux stack for Sharp's Linux-based Zaurus PDAs. It claims to be the only Zaurus distribution with a 2.6 kernel. The project maintains about 3,000 source packages, which are built into nearly 13,000 “ready-to-install” packages, using the OpenEmbedded build system, according to Juszkiewicz.

Juszkiewicz stated, “While few applications are included in the basic OpenZaurus distribution, users [can] assemble custom systems from a wealth of available, reusable open source software.”

Additional details about OpenZaurus, including important release notes, installation instructions, and downloads, can be found at the OpenZaurus website.

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