Userland for Linux on HP Jornada 820

David Jones
Thu Jan 29 01:19:04 CET 2004

Yes it's going to be tight if we aren't careful.  It's
easy to get spoiled with these modern PC's.  Tonight
or tomorrow I'll do some tests on my Zaurus.  It's set
up to have 32 meg storage and 32 meg program space.  I
should be able to get some ideas of what we can expect
with it's applications.  Any idea what apps I should
test for?  Also if anyone is interested, I can get
some screen shots out of the Zaurus using VNC.

--- Francois-Rene Rideau <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2004 at 03:42:12PM -0800, David
> Jones wrote:
> > Good point.  I was working on the assumption that
> we
> > could use a CF card for storage instead of memory.
> We definitely can, and I suppose that's the way we
> will do indeed.
> But even then, you'll find that a total amount of
> 16MB of RAM,
> without swap (unless you have a real disk instead of
> solid state memory),
> is not that much. And you must substract 2MB or so
> for the kernel
> and various system buffers including the
> framebuffer. Fit a few daemons,
> a GUI, some fonts, and not much is left. You might
> even have to choose
> between a GUI and Emacs -- and I for one definitely
> choose Emacs :-)
> That said, on my 1993 laptop, I also had but 16MB of
> RAM, and swap wasn't
> needed as long as I didn't start compiling. Now I
> didn't have a fancy
> modern standard-compliant web browser with
> anti-aliased fonts either.
> In any case, we'll see. Talk is cheap. Is anyone
> here up to it?
> Personally, I chicken out. No time for the next few
> weeks.
> And that's why I once again congratulate and dearly
> thank George Almasi.
> Cheerios, George!
> PS: for testing purposes, you may use this small
> disk image
> that came with an early version of linux for the
> 720. Since the
> original URL isn't valid anymore, I've made it
> world-readable
> on my mirror site
> Once in the jornada section, see in /linux/720/
> [ François-René ÐVB Rideau | Reflection&Cybernethics
> | ]
> [  TUNES project for a Free Reflective Computing
> System  |  ]
> La différence entre un programmeur et un
> utilisateur, c'est que le programmeur
> sait qu'il n'y a pas de différence entre
> programmation et utilisation. -- Faré
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