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O'Reilly Network: Linux on an iPAQ

Jun 09, 2001, 17:14 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Halsall)

O'Reilly continues its examination of Linux on handhelds with this overview of the Compaq iPAQ. Though not properly considered a "Linux handheld" because it ships with WinCE, Compaq has designated it an "open handheld" and provided support for projects seeking to run Linux on it.

"...Compaq hosts and sponsors the www.handhelds.org site, which is a community resource center, primarily for developers, hosting Web, FTP, CVS, and mailing-list services. The site focuses on Linux under StrongArm SA11xx processors, such as the iPAQ and the Yopy, but does not mention work on other processors such as MIPS or 68xxx. At the site are detailed instructions on installing Linux on a iPAQ, which we will cover in more detail below.

Similar to the situation on personal computers, there is more than one choice as to which Linux distribution to run on an iPAQ. Until recently, the reference distribution known as compaq (or hh for handhelds.org) was the most commonly used. The distribution was first released as v0.1 (really v0.01) in May of 2000, and has been steadily improving over the last year, now up to v0.21."

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