On Wed, 22 Oct 2003, ben helps wrote:
> Myself, I'm largely just putting Linux onto my Series
> 5 for the novelty value (and if I can get a decent GUI
> on it, for the fact I can hopefully run standard linux
> apps on it, giving it a wider variety of apps than
> But that got me to wondering - what real-world uses do
> other out there put theirs to?
> (and, is there a GUI for Series 5 yet. No, I haven't
> looked around much to find out; I just have a
> *feeling* there isn't one yet)
> Ben Helps
I spent a great deal of time getting Debian set up on my 5MX -
many amusing hours. In the end I used the system for: logging
in to my work computer while traveling using ssh over the modem,
and gvim for editting documents (I use troff for my documents).
I also used it for accessing the nodes on a cluster computer over
the serial line and PPP - it was (still is, really) the terminal
I use for maintaining/tweeking these computers.
I confess, however, that I've gone back to EPOC for now...I found
X to be sluggish, or the screensize too small, for most applications
and psilinux to be too iffy (the alarm and/or sound) for me to use
it as a reliable wake up alarm, etc. Even my favorite calculator
(calcoo) is too sluggish to be really useful on the 5MX (why???).
Octave was pretty cool to have working, however; but I rarely had
a use for it (novelty, like you said). Dillo was/is shaping up to
be a nice browser, but it was not quite there a year ago or so when
I last used it.
So for the calendar, contacts, todo lists, etc. I'm back to using
EPOC on the 5MX. (I can edit text files with word in EPOC, sure, but
it is a pain to import/export text all the time for linux; I miss gvim...)
I wonder about the Xipaq server - I suspect it ought to be a little
more snappy than it is. I don't know where it came from, or how it
was compiled (special patches for the Psion?). But we are perhaps
due for an update there. Certainly, we need a recipe for how it was
compiled. Is it only driving 16 grayscale colors, or is it driving
16M colors and using up cpu cycles needlessly? I dunno.
I find myself envious of the Sharp Zaurus SL-C760 - native linux
with everything working, and people run KDE on it! Lots of cpu, sound
(mp3/videos), color screen, and 640x480 screen resolution... ($700,
though) Linux on the netBook would be very nice, much like the Zaurus,
but it is painful to watch and hope as our developers struggle to get
As the Chinese proverb goes, however, if you wait by the river long
enough you will eventually see linux on the netBook float by... :)
As for a GUI on the 5...I dunno either; I suspect this doesn't exist
yet, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.