ELJOnline: Quest for PDA Utopia: Qtopia?
Apr 05, 2002, 17:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timotej Ecimovic, Manica Son)
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"Like most geeks nowadays, I've been contemplating buying a PDA.
I own a desktop and a laptop, but there's still that urge of having
something in my pocket to play with wherever I go. I am not a big
fan of Microsoft operating systems, so the WinCE platform wasn't
really in play. I decided against the usual choice, a Palm, because
it seemed too expensive for its limited hardware. For a while I
toyed with idea of getting a Compaq iPAQ and installing Linux on
it. Again, I decided I was too old and too lazy for compiling and
recompiling drivers, adjusting applications and making the whole
thing work, so I didn't get it after all.
"And then, just as I was about to give up on my mission, Sharp
came through with its Zaurus SL-5000D, a stylish, light,
Palm-shaped device with a tiny pull-out keyboard, impressive
hardware and a very reasonable price. And the best part: it is
based on open-source embedded Linux. Trolltech, the company behind
Qt, developed a windowing system and graphic user interface for
Zaurus, called Qtopia, from scratch. To my satisfaction, I found
that Qtopia provides a high-level graphical interface on top of
Qt/Embedded, which directly interfaces with the framebuffer
hardware device. Qtopia also provides an application layer with
several services for application development. It was a dream come
true and a neat present wrapped in one..."