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Paul820
June 25th, 2007, 01:52 PM
A french firm has developed a linux computer that fits into your pocket. It even has 256Mb of memory. Picture and details here http://www.trustedreviews.com/pcs/news/2007/06/25/Memory-Key-Fits-Linux-Computer-/p1

I think that is pretty cool.

aeiah
June 25th, 2007, 03:00 PM
for the average user, what exactly could it be used for though?

all i can think of is a secure ultra portable firewall, or a miniature fileserver if you fit it snugly into an external hdd enclosure, with the accompanying hard drive.

the zaurus or nokia 770 / 800 are more like my kinda thing i think

Alex&Linux
June 25th, 2007, 03:21 PM
coooooooool
I want it, but, what about a display?!
Next up, sunglasses with bluetooth video display!

kd_pease
June 25th, 2007, 09:15 PM
the zaurus or nokia 770 / 800 are more like my kinda thing i think

Don't know about the nokias but I wouldn't buy a zaurus if I were you. I bought one and was very disappointed - Not very stable, not very pretty, out of date packages in the stock firmware, and while the custom firmwares are more up to date they're pretty flaky and don't seem to be very actively developed. Mine's gathering dust as I speak. Wanna buy it...? :-)

GrumpyBob
June 25th, 2007, 09:20 PM
I've put Linux on an iPaq before, but never found it much use as a PDA (no real synch functionality with my Linux PCs).

Yoggie (http://www.yoggie.com/) make a USB linux machine that's used for security for Windows laptops. Supposed to be pretty effective.

Robert

Anthem
June 25th, 2007, 09:33 PM
Depends on the size of your pockets.

I'd be more interested in something like this:

http://www.zonbu.com/learn/box.htm

samschoice
June 25th, 2007, 09:39 PM
I have no idea how that USB computer is supposed to work. I suppose it takes over another computer?
Have any of you put Ubuntu on a flash drive, and if so, does it run fast enough to do a lot of work off of?
I'm going to spending a month away from home, and I can't screw up my wifes computer.

SoulinEther
June 25th, 2007, 09:43 PM
Linutop, no?

blah blah blah
June 25th, 2007, 09:47 PM
I have no idea how that USB computer is supposed to work. I suppose it takes over another computer?
Have any of you put Ubuntu on a flash drive, and if so, does it run fast enough to do a lot of work off of?
I'm going to spending a month away from home, and I can't screw up my wifes computer.

No, but I've run similar sized things. It should be faster than on a cd but I think you would be better off with some thing like puppy linux.

daimaru
June 25th, 2007, 09:48 PM
A french firm has developed a linux computer that fits into your pocket. It even has 256Mb of memory. Picture and details here http://www.trustedreviews.com/pcs/news/2007/06/25/Memory-Key-Fits-Linux-Computer-/p1

I think that is pretty cool.

hi paul if you want a good pda that runs on linux then get yourself a sharp zaurus.
love it kismet, wellenreiter everything works on this little pocket sized extremely cool pda :p
in case ur interested heres some places you can get one.

http://www.trisoft.de/en_index.html
http://www.dynamism.com/sl-c3000/main.shtml

you can install a full debian system on the 4 gb version so it just rocks :) oh and if ur not happy with the sharp rom that comes with it get pdaxrom from pdaxrom.org or cacko rom

diesel1
June 25th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Don't know about the nokias but I wouldn't buy a zaurus if I were you. I bought one and was very disappointed - Not very stable, not very pretty, out of date packages in the stock firmware, and while the custom firmwares are more up to date they're pretty flaky and don't seem to be very actively developed. Mine's gathering dust as I speak. Wanna buy it...? :-)


I have 2 Zaurus handhelds.
I use my Zaurus daily and it is very stable and functional.

Diesel1.

Zaurus links....
http://www.shirtpocket.co.uk/docs/zaurus.SL-C750.SL-C760.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Zaurus

SoulinEther
June 25th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Psst,
just wait for the Neo1973. :P

kd_pease
June 25th, 2007, 10:18 PM
I have 2 Zaurus handhelds.
I use my Zaurus daily and it is very stable and functional.

Diesel1.

Zaurus links....
http://www.shirtpocket.co.uk/docs/zaurus.SL-C750.SL-C760.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Zaurus

Ever manage to get USB Host working on the C760? Or make it work as a USB mass storage device for another machine? It's supposed to be able to do both, but it never worked for me. Please post a description of how you managed it if you did...

diesel1
June 25th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Ever manage to get USB Host working on the C760? Or make it work as a USB mass storage device for another machine? It's supposed to be able to do both, but it never worked for me. Please post a description of how you managed it if you did...

Hi,
the C7xx/C8xx models are not USB host capable (as far as I know) and I have never used it as a USB mass storage device, I use FTP/NFS and ssh.

Diesel1.

kd_pease
June 25th, 2007, 10:40 PM
Hi,
the C7xx/C8xx models are not USB host capable (as far as I know) and I have never used it as a USB mass storage device, I use FTP/NFS and ssh.

Diesel1.

Sorry, I've just been and looked at it and I've got the C3200, not the 760. See, it's that long since I used it...

Mine used to crash when loading anything approaching a large file into the reader app, you had to shutdown / remove the wifi card exactly right or it wouldn't see it if you plugged it back in and countless other minor irritations that drove me sadly back to my iPaq...

Shirtpocket's main site seems to have been "Down for maintenance" for ages, BTW. www.figlabs.com (http://www.figlabs.com) are probably the best bet for anyone looking to buy one at the moment. Unless you want mine. Hardly used. I'll even throw in the wifi card... :-)

diesel1
June 25th, 2007, 10:45 PM
www.figlabs.com (http://www.figlabs.com) are probably the best bet for anyone looking to buy one at the moment. Unless you want mine. Hardly used. I'll even throw in the wifi card... :-)

I would love a C3200 but I don't have the cash!

Diesel1.