Monday, November 12, 2007

Novedades Palm Linux running on a Palm TX

The development of versions of Linux for the Palm progressing well. For example, a distribution for Palm with good maturity is Angstrom , based on Gentoo Linux and versions for the Palm TX and Tungsten T5. As a graphic environment used Opie , a fork of Qtopia focused on PDAs.

Opie ejecutándose en una Palm TX
Opie running on a Palm TX

If you ever used Linux surely you have tried graphical environments KDE and Gnome . For example Ubuntu uses Gnome, and Kubuntu KDE. Well, Qtopia is the foundation of KDE graphical environment, so let's Opie and KDE are "brothers". Although not used in Angstrom, it is worth mentioning the other PDAs running graphical environment for Linux, called GPE , which uses the bookstores GTK , based on Gnome, another known graphical environment for Linux. So if on PCs with Linux have major options KDE and Gnome as graphical environments, happen in the same com PDA Opie and GPE.

GPE ejecutándose en una Palm TX
GPE running on a Palm TX

Well, our friend Leo has posted on his blog a video and screenshots of Opie / Armstrong running on your TX. A part of the loading time operating system, about one minute because it is reading from the SD, not the main memory, it has surprised me how fast that you start applications, taking into account the complexity of Linux system Operating compared for example with PalmOS. It makes me think that when a vesion of Linux for the Palm optimized for these devices, such as Palm Inc. ALP, the result can be more than satisfactory to develop.

New more stable Linux for the Palm TX, in one package with everything you need version, you just have to unzip the content in the root of the SD card, run the Cocoboot that appears in the Palm card and ready for use

Video Angstrom Linux can be downloaded from the page of Linux for Palm . The instructions are simple:

  • Download the complete package (eg "Palm TX (all)").
  • Unzip the file and copy it to the root directory of the SD card Palm.
  • Make a backup of the information of our Palm case.
  • Run the "Cocoboot" program that will appear in our Palm installed, and make tap on the "Boot" option. This program will reset the Palm loading the Linux we have installed in place of PalmOS that brings Palm factory.
  • Boot Linux. I enjoy it. In Geekzone we read the opinion of those who have been tested.

To keep abreast of the progress of this Linux for TX, I recommend follow the blog of its creator .

Cómo se vería nuestra TX con Angstrom/Opie ejecutándose en lugar de PalmOS
How would our TX with Angstrom / Opie instead of running PalmOS

For those who want to try Linux on their Palm, Leo has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions that abusing your kindness, I will also include here, for those who have questions to try Linux on your Palm:

  • Is it safe to load Linux? Absolutely, just run as a program mas and a Soft Reset is exited.
  • Can I return to PalmOS: Yes, you only have to restart the Palm.
  • Did not lose information: No way, only reseteas and go back to how you were. HOWEVER I advise making a backup before trying.
  • Can I use "X" device files you posted to "Y" device: No, each package is for a specific device TX, T5 ...).
  • Where do I download the most current version of Linux for my Palm: From Hack & Dev .
  • Can I install applications on Linux: No, but bring a good set of apps to keep you occupied.
  • You can work only with Linux in Palm: Yes, Apps package which includes quite complete.
  • By resetting the Palm where they are the changes I made ​​in Linux, they are lost: NO, are stored in the image of the card, and Linux booting again there will your information.
  • If my Palm is damaged you pay me? Hehehe, I'm afraid not, use at your own risk
  • Is it useful to change the operating system on my Palm: It really depends on your point of view.
  • Is this system Acces to submit this year, the Access Linux Platform: No, this is a side project to port Linux to Palm devices.

Happy hacking!

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