[lug] Questions about the Grassroots Linux PDA Project

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Tue Dec 12 01:38:03 MST 2000

I tossed a note to Rob about this, and I'll keep the group updated as to
his reply ... 

But I'm wondering how this project will compete with simply running
Debian/ARM on an iPaq?  I see the mini-HOWTO site has disappeared, but
it's probably archived somewhere...

Beyond that question, which I sent to Rob, I see a couple of other things the I would question  but would want to think about further:

The one advantage I see right now over things like the iPaq also appear
to add a lot of weight/bulk, for example... Why have CompactFlash and SDRAM both?  Seems bulky.

And as usual the Debianite in me questions the difference between Open
Source and Free, as in Freedom.  Who owns the code?  I didn't yet read
that far on their website.  Licensing GPL?  BSD?  Apple Open Source
(just kidding... yuck... this nasty thing is what Darwin is released

On Mon, Dec 11, 2000 at 04:42:12PM -0700, J. Wayde Allen wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2000 15:52:58 -0700
> From: Rob Wehrli <rwehrli at azpower.com>
> To: webmaster at azpower.com
> Subject: Grassroots Linux PDA Project...
> Please visit http://www.azpower.com/mylinux 
> It is...
> home to a growing grassroots, open source Linux PDA project especially
> suited for the Linux Community. The PDA, really a Linux Workstation for
> your hand, is unique in that it is designed from the ground up to be a
> power-user's portable Linux system. In keeping with the tradition of the
> Open Source development model, this PDA is open to contributors with an
> interest in developing the coolest new Linux PDA ever. Featuring PCMCIA
> and CompactFlash slots, an HR-TFT Active Matrix LCD panel capable of
> displaying 64K colors and a whopping 256 MBytes of super fast SDRAM,
> this unit aims to fulfill the needs of even the most demanding Linux
> Advocate. Scheduled for early release to Linux Developers worldwide in
> April with full production planned in August 2001, this project brings
> the full power of 32-bit RISC processing home in this incredibly
> portable form factor. With a list of big-name sponsors including
> Hitachi, Xilinx, Sharp, Micron and Epson, this completely Open Source
> project seeks your active involvement. Help define this "Cool Linux"
> device. Engage yourself in embedded Linux Activism today by visiting the
> MyLinux PDA web site!
> Take Care.
> Rob!
> --
> Project Director -- MyLinux PDA Core Development
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Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com>

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