Pre-Purchase Zaurus Notes
pre-purchase notes re Sharp Zaurus
old notes starting in 2002
I read something about it being "not compatible" with LinuxOS, which doesn't really make sense to me.
They have WiFi drivers included; I wonder how long before they build in the hardware so you don't have to buy a card?
If I could run a Python-based Object Browser/PIM on it, then potentially I could make the Zaurus the primary location for that data, and access it from the desktop to take advantage of the bigger screen and keyboard! (But size constraint would become an issue if Object Browser includes all personal and private current-WiKi content, plus maybe emails, Personal Web Archive, etc.)
New 5600 version coming out early 2003?
http://www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/zaurus/index.php (leaves out some server extensions, does that mean Medusa?)
some little utils by RonStephens http://www.awaretek.com/pythonforzaurus.html
Key questions for consideration:
When I took a look at this at Staples it felt really cheap in my hand. I wonder whether that has improved. Also, need to try the keyboard again to find out whether it's really usable (when standing on the subway).
There are also clamshell versions sold in Japan, available through dynamism, though I'd probably want to try the keyboard before buying. Also it's too big to go in your pocket. http://www.dynamism.com/zaurus/
Zaurus Webring Hub --2003/09/05 06:59 GMT
yuck way too huge 6"x3"x1"!