Home > Wireless > OpenZaurus 3.5.2 Released OpenZaurus 3.5.2 Released Submitted by ozone 2004-12-23 Wireless 12 Comments OpenZaurus 3.5.2 has been released. Supported devices for this release are all available Sharp Linux Zaurus models except the SL-A300. It appears to be primarily for bugfixes and package updates. About The Author Adam Scheinberg Vice President, Information Technology at Massey Services, Inc • President, Board Member, The Mockingbird Foundation • All Things Web, Umphrey’s McGee • Web Developer • Father • Foodie • Music Snob • OS enthusiast Follow me on Twitter @sethadam1 12 Comments 2004-12-23 2:29 pm Never bothered with OpenZaurus because I didn’t want to mess up my PDA; however I rarely use it anymore so I thought it be fun to go ahead and try it out. However the instructions say I need zImage, update.sh and initrd.bin but there is no initrd.bin….just img files? Am I supposed to rename the img file to initrd.bin? 2004-12-23 3:06 pm Yes. You probably will want the Opie one. 2004-12-23 3:25 pm I’ve installed in my zaurus sl-5500 the openzaurus 3.5.2 with opie environment. Also, i expect to install in my zaurus the gpe version to see and give a try the gpe environment. 2004-12-23 3:54 pm Linksys WCF12 wireless card still doesn’t work with an SL5500. 2004-12-23 8:19 pm I’ve got that card and an SL5500 and it worked with the sharp rom (currently using crow /home on sd) and on openzaurus 3.5.1 (both gpe and opie additions, I think the kernel and drivers are part of open embedded) I had power usage problems with gpe otherwise everything worked great. 2004-12-23 8:55 pm I installed it on my SL6000. I was a great disapointment. Wireless was messed up and WEP or WPA did not work correctly. It was unstable and felt very slow. I replaced the OZ rom with the original 1.3 rom from Sharp. I sure have the xpdarom will be suited for my SL6000 soon. 2004-12-23 9:01 pm What are the Benefits to going to Open Zaurus? Currently the sharp rom does everything I need. Is Open Zaurus that much better? 2004-12-23 9:20 pm >What are the Benefits to going to Open Zaurus? Currently the >sharp rom does everything I need. Is Open Zaurus that much >better? I think the most important points/benefits are that its open-source / free-software so that other can build software and or tools that work better with it, and if Sharp stops making roms platform will not be dead but instead will continue.OZ/Opie worked very nice on my SL5000D. 2004-12-24 3:38 am I have a 5600 and previously open zaurus was really buggy, anyone have any luck with it on the 5600? 2004-12-24 4:02 am … but not for me yet. I could not get opie player running, irk does not work for my palmtop keyboard, and no web browser that I know of. For now, Sharp’s rom will have to do. 2004-12-24 4:08 am One benefit of the OZ stuff is the availibilty of packages, and you can also split up your ram how you want. For example I have mine split up 48/16 and install most of my packages to sd. 2004-12-24 2:53 pm I have it on my sl-5600 and am rather happy with it. The opie environment seems to work faster than the original Sharp distro. The GPE environment doesn’t make sense on a tiny device with 32M RAM. Sure, you can use remote X clients with it (gnomeicu worked nicely for me), but why would you carry a server around just to use the GIMP remotely on a 3″ display? Wireless (Linksys WCF12) works flawlessly for me. The profiles are a bit odd compared to the Sharp “ROM”, though. The documentation is nearly absent for now, which can be quite a concern. Luckily, the important issues are discussed at http://www.zaurususergroup.com/forums/index.php?showforum=69 and virtually every major installation/configuration question is answered there.