Psion/Mako/Revo and Linux
The Sonicblue Diamond Mako is
the US version of what's called the Psion Revo+ in Europe.
These are still available for $100 (less than a Palm) if you shop around,
have a qwerty keyboard (small, but much bigger than the thumbswitches
on a Zaurus or Blackberry), and are very well made (nice "feel").
People outside the US can buy better Psions with external flash
cards (the 5mx is popular with the linux crowd),
but they aren't available here.
But the best part is that they just about run Linux now!
Here's my Mako showing the console after booting.
That's about all it can do now ... but just wait.
Psions come with an operating system called Epoch, which is tolerable
but not very good at talking to other machines, and there aren't
very many apps available for it compared to PalmOS.
Syncing to Epoch from Linux
The Linux howtos weren't much help, but I eventually did figure
out how to get my Mako talking to Linux, and it was fairly easy
(too bad they don't just tell you that straight out. :-)
- Dave (my husband)'s page on
a Mako/Revo on Linux
- Find and install
plptools. Avoid version 0.10 -- it fails utterly
for most people (ncpd dies if the Mako shuts off, often refuses
to start, but running as root in debug mode crashed less often).
Version 0.9 works fairly well.
- mkdir /mnt/psion
- Run ncpd.
- Run plpnfsd
- cd /mnt/psion and poke around -- the Mako's file systems
are NFS mounted like magic!
- Psion Revo Archives
Software for the Revo/Mako. Not Linux specific.
Sort of a "Palmgear" site for Epoch.
Some links on communication between Epoch and Linux
Linux running ON Psions
The PsiLinux (Linux 7k)
Project, porting Linux to Psions, got a burst of energy recently
(due to a Newsforge story?) and is now quite active.
There are several people with Makos or Revo Plusses,
and there is a minimal distribution available.
With any luck, more documentation and software will be available
soon. There's an active mailing list.
My husband Dave has a
page on Running
Linux on the Psion Mako/Revo, which is very useful and I won't
try to duplicate it here.
(We're still trying to figure out how to build a Mako distribution
from scratch so that we can contribute to the project.)
My Linux links page
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