[TriLUG] Linux PDA hacking

Roy Vestal rvestal at trilug.org
Wed Jul 19 08:44:28 EDT 2006

I still use my SL5500...Using NotesSync for address/cal/todo lists 
between my windows AND linux machines. I also use an MA701 for 
networking when I'm at a hotspot and use GAIM and all sorts of stuff. 
Works great. Connected with M$ Exchange at my previous employer as well.

Oh, if you want linux connectivity with your PDA, I believe you need to 
stick with either the 5500 or 6000. I know I chose the 5500 cause the 
5600 said it would NOT connect natively, and the 6000 was too exp when I 
bought mine (about 3 years ago). I still use the Sharp ROMs so I can't 
speak for the open-source ones.

Anyway, enjoy!

Oh and you are really sick, you can use uCLinux and an old Palm. 
Heh...no apps that I could find though...but if you're sick like me, 
then that's what you do. (uCLinux on a Palm IIIxe and Handspring Visor)

Carl Crider wrote:
> I used a Zaurus SL5500 and loved it. The 5500, 5600, and 6000 can be found
> for cheap
> on ebay. Easy to hack and "fool around with".
> Now I have my eye on the Nokia770.
> On 7/18/06, Kevin Gamiel <kgamiel at renci.org> wrote:
>> Howdy,
>> I'm about to purchase a PDA, primarily for the usual calendar, contacts,
>> notes sortof thing.  Given that many seem to have 802.11 support and
>> there are linux distros that *apparently* support them, I thought I may
>> as well try a hacker-friendly one to fool around with.
>> Anyone actively use/hack a linux-based PDA?  Opie/Familiar?  iPaq?
>> Thanks,
>> Kevin
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