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WirelessSoftware.info: Setting Up and Connecting with a Linux PDA (iPAQ)

Nov 11, 2002, 08:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The focus of this article is not about setting up a PDA to run Linux although some of the process will be covered. If you are interested in installing Linux to your PDA, I recommend following some of the links listed in this article.

"When I started this article I had two PDAs running PocketPC 2002. Therefore the first action was to install Linux on one of them. I started with this HOW-TO (http://www.handhelds.org/feeds/bootldr/install.html) and installed the bootloader. The process basically involves using ActiveSync to copy a file to your PocketPC and then execute it. The program allows you to backup your PocketPC ROM and then flashes the new bootloader, which is capable of loading the Linux kernel. When you reboot the iPAQ at this stage you get a nice splash screen and the capability to connect to the PDA using HyperTerminal.

"After I installed the boot loader, I discovered this site (http://familiar.handhelds.org/releases/v0.6/install/install.html). The new site mentioned an updated bootloader so I upgraded using the transfer capabilities of HyperTerminal. I then proceeded to install a ROM image which included Familiar Linux distribution plus Opie user interface. When I rebooted, I quickly found there was problems with Opie not displaying any fonts (I later found I just had to install one more package which was not included. The problem is specific to 3100 and 3800 iPAQs.). Instead of fixing the font problem I decided to flash another ROM image with only the Familiar distribution and no graphical user interface..."

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