I was talking to someone that's working with small-useful-hardware, and I
wondered what peoples thoughts on a cheap pilot replacement (lets face it,
they aren't perfect). Why ? They don't run linux. I can't program my pilot
without learning a new API (I tryed, and it was so convoluted that I gave
up - I'm knocking the PalmOS, but it just doesn't suit my ideas of an OS).
So I was thinking something like this would be nice:
Either a IBM microdrive (for expensive models) or a compact flash
socket for cheaper ones. Running embedded linux of some sort, from
flash, with 8/16MB of standard ram for running programs in.
800x600 6" display, if they exist. 16 colour would be nice, 8 bit
sufficent. 3D hardware not needed, really so go for power-saving.
*has* to run X - there are small GUIs like PicoGUI, but what's the
point ? I don't want to learn another API.
USB sockets. More than one.
Beefy MMU equipped CPU. StrongArm's looking really nice these days.
What else ?
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- Zen Master Greg
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