Ubuntu Netbook Remix 
A lot has happened lately. After messing around with frisky (Ubuntu 7.04) I finally got the Installer working, although I'm not satisfied with the result (too much errors during setup). Apart from that, I also managed to create a working version of grumpy (Ubuntu 7.10).

I tried a lot of different Window Managers and setups, but in my opinion none of them fitted the Zaurus very well. That's why I only uploaded a minimal version so far.

After reading Mark Shuttleworth's blog about the Netbook Remix AppLaucher I thought I'd give it a try, just to see if I could get it working on my Zaurus. Another proof of concept so to say.

Unfortunately, this isn't currently possible using frisky or grumpy. The repositories simply don't contain all the right packages or package versions. So I had to make a small sidestep by creating a Debian-Lenny distribution. The Debian Lenny repositories have a huge amount of packages, and they're much more up-to-date than I thought!

After having Lenny ready and working, I compiled the Netbook Remix packages. Using the XFCE Window Manager I set up the top panel and started the launcher. Although the launcher doesn't work (yet), I think this will become my favorite Zaurus setup. The idea behind maximus and the go-home button are great, and the launcher should fit the Zaurus very well.

The launcher exits with an error saying that the "XServer appears to lack required GLX support". Too bad, maybe I'll try to use the xserver-xorg to see if that helps.

Anyway, a lot has to be done. My quest for the perfect Zaurus setup hasn't finished yet. My next proof of concept could well be the mobile Firefox, Mozilla Fennec. We'll see.

Good news by the way. I understand that work on the Ubuntu 8.04 for ARM has started. The Mojo guys hope to have a working (minimal) version within a few weeks time. Great work!


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