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LinuxHardware.org: Agenda VR3 Developer Edition Preview

Mar 31, 2001, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aegir)

"The Agenda is very well designed, and a joy to use. It is great fun to have a handheld running the same OS as my desktop. It really is Linux. There is a complete set of GNU like tools, which is actually Busybox's "Swiss Army Knife" of tools in a single executable. It still feels the same, due to careful aliasing. By default, the standard distribution runs a very small footprint shell, ash. But Bash 2 is installed and you can easily configure it to be your default shell by changing the /etc/passwd file."

"A terminal is always a tap away, and everything is very configurable, especially if you are willing to get down and dirty and edit text files. More about that in the hacking section."

"IRDA allows a wireless PPP connection to be made with any machine with a IRDA compliant IR port. If you want to do something really useless but neat, you can port palm-link to MIPS and hot sync your PalmPilot with your Agenda! The port's raw IR allows for "learning" IR universal remote applications like Omniremote for the Palm."

"Since the Agenda runs XFree86, you can run applications on the Agenda and display them remotely on your desktop machine. Or you can display them wirelessly on your IRDA laptop. Or you could display them remotely via IRDA on another Agenda. Why? Well, because it's fun, of course!"

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