Hmm, at the moment, you have 2 choices on the market.
1. Psion Netbook. Slightly bigger than you wanted. Has the ability to load
its OS into Flash RAM (~16MB I think)
640x480 display, Can have up to 32MB working RAM. No USB though, but does
have PCMCIA, CompactFlash (Type 2 slot), FIR, and Serial. Works for a whole
day on a rechargeable lith-ion battery.
2. For a full linux installation - using X etc, at the moment a Sony
VaioC1XD -64MB RAM, 12GBHard Disk, PII 400 CPU, 1024 x 480 'widescreen'
display, FIR, USB, Firewire, and a nice dinky built in camera (which drivers
are being worked on for at the moment for linux). It is not too heavy @
1kg, but battery life is ~1-1 1/2 hrs at best. You can get extended cap
batteries, but they cost. (This is my choice, and when I have the
For option 2 you could wait a little bit as Sony has signed a deal with
transmeta a while ago........
OR if you are feeling brave, head on over to developer.intel.com, and buy
yourself a Strongarm SA1110 development kit. Nice Color lcd display etc,
but no change out of $2000.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ilug-admin at linux.ie [mailto:ilug-admin at linux.ie]On Behalf Of John
> P. Looney (Kate)
> Sent: 16 June 2000 11:46
> To: Irish LUG list
> Subject: [ILUG] ideal palm pilot replacement
>>> 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 ?
> The words of the unwary are apt to cause needless pain and bloody
> - Zen Master Greg
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