Just Starting

Tim Roberts timr@probo.com
Mon Feb 28 18:36:30 CET 2005

I'd like to ask a couple of newbie questions, if I may.

I've been using a Jornada 680 for three or four years now as a 
note-taking device, and it has worked very well for me.  Type notes 
quietly in meetings, walk into the house, and print to my printer via 
wireless.  A friend showed me a Jornada 820 last weekend, and I 
immediately got silicon envy.  After a short eBay hunt, I'm now the 
proud owner of a J820.

I have a lot of experience in both Windows and Linux, and I am 
interested in playing with Linux on the J820.  I've read the SourceForge 
web site, and I even downloaded the latest kernel drop to my device.  I 
even ran the boot program, but I paused when it warned me that memory 
would be erased.  That's a reasonable enough thing, since I'm loading a 
new operating system, but in the case of a CE device, the word "memory" 
is overloaded.  If I run Linux, does that just wipe out the running 
operating system -- the "program" part of the memory -- or does it also 
wipe out the part of memory dedicated to the file system?

Specifically, once I am done with Linux, what do I have to do to run CE 
again?  Is a warm reset enough, so that the file system survives, or do 
I have to do a cold reset, and reload the file system from backup?

- Tim Roberts, timr@probo.com
  Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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