Writing the Linux Mobile Guide - Installing, Maintaining and Tuning of Linux on Mobile Computers, I researched Linux applications for PDAs. Since Debian/GNU Linux(http://www.debian.org) is my favorite distribution I started to collect information about PDA related Debian packages. This text reflects my personal thoughts only. It's not an official Debian document. The list is probably incomplete yet.
|kdebluetooth-irmcsync(http://packages.debian.org/kdebluetooth-irmcsync)||IrMCSync Konnector for kitchensync|
|synce-serial(http://packages.debian.org/synce-serial)||SynCE connection manipulation scripts.|
|malsync(http://packages.debian.org/malsync)||communicates between a 3Com Pilot and the AvantGo webservers (and other MAL enabled servers)|
|coldsync(http://packages.debian.org/coldsync)||syncing PalmOS PDAs with a Unix workstation with a focus on consistancy of data|
|multisync(http://packages.debian.org/multisync)||program to synchronize PIM data|
|multisync-tools(http://packages.debian.org/multisync-tools)||PIM Synchronisation Command Line Tools|
|unison(http://packages.debian.org/unison)||file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows|
|lpkg(http://packages.debian.org/lpkg)||install Newton packages from your Linux machine to your Apple's Newton MessagePad PDA|
|irda-tools(http://packages.debian.org/irda-tools)||IrDA handling tools for Linux|
|ircp(http://packages.debian.org/ircp)||utility for "beaming" files via IrDA|
|bluez-sdp(http://packages.debian.org/bluez-sdp)||BlueZ Bluetooth SDP daemon and tool|
|bluez-pcmcia(http://packages.debian.org/bluez-pcmcia)||PCMCIA support files for BlueZ 2.0 Bluetooth tools|
|bluez-utils(http://packages.debian.org/bluez-utils)||utilities for controlling Bluetooth devices|
|affix(http://packages.debian.org/affix)||User space utilities for the Affix Bluetooth protocol stack|
|osflash(http://packages.debian.org/osflash)||Reflash the OS of a Palm Computing Device|
|p3nfs(http://packages.debian.org/p3nfs)||Mount the file systems on the Psion/Symbian PDA/Phone.|
|romeo(http://packages.debian.org/romeo)||Palm ROM Discombobulator|
|klipsi(http://packages.debian.org/klipsi)||remote cut & paste for Psion PDA|
|ic35link(http://packages.debian.org/ic35link)||Synchronization tools for the Siemens IC35 PDA|
|kpsion(http://packages.debian.org/kpsion)||Backup and Restore of a Psion PDA|
|plptools(http://packages.debian.org/plptools)||Access a Psion PDA over a serial link|
|openobex-apps(http://packages.debian.org/openobex-apps)||Object Exchange Protocol apps|
|obexserver(http://packages.debian.org/obexserver)||Receive files with OBEX protocol|
|wayv(http://packages.debian.org/wayv)||enables human computer interaction, especially using gestures inputed via mouse|
|xstroke(http://packages.debian.org/xstroke)||X11 pen-based character input|
|pyrite-publisher(http://packages.debian.org/pyrite-publisher)||building PalmPilot e-texts in the de facto standard Doc format (former palm-doctoolkit)|
|Matt Zimmermann(http://people.debian.org/~mdz/zaurus)||offers Debian packages for the SHARP SL-5500 Zaurus|
|op-advancedfm-fb(http://packages.debian.org/op-advancedfm-fb)||Opie Advanced File Manager, this is an example for app. 170 OPIE packages, all named op-*|
|vrdeb(http://olocs.com/vrdeb)||offers Debian packages for the Agenda VR3|
|kcemirror(http://packages.debian.org/kcemirror)||Windows CE remote control tool like VNC|
|makeztxt(http://packages.debian.org/makeztxt)||Create zTXT databases from ASCII files to read them in a Palm|
|gok(http://packages.debian.org/gok)||GNOME Onscreen Keyboard|
|makeztxt(http://packages.debian.org/makeztxt)||Create zTXT databases from ASCII files to read them in a Palm.|
|gpe-contacts(http://packages.debian.org/gpe-contacts)||Contact manager for GPE.|
|phpgroupware-addressbook(http://packages.debian.org/phpgroupware-addressbook)||phpGrouhpWare addressbook management module|
The `debian-pilot`(http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/) mailing list is not for people who fly airplanes :-) It's for people who run Debian on the 3com Palm-Pilot.
The `debian-handheld`(http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/) mailing list is for people who run Debian on handheld devices.
The Debian Zaurus(http://people.debian.org/~mdz/zaurus/) project aims to create a full-featured, plug-and-play Debian environment for the Zaurus, with all the trimmings, including package management with dpkg and apt. A small demo is available.
Debian provides ARM ports(http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/).
See also my Debian Laptop Proposal.
Quotes from Debian Weekly News - DWN:
Mobile Debian? Josh Hansen (http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0201/msg01626.html) wondered if there is any current plan for a mobile edition of the Debian distribution, for use on handhelds like the iPAQ. Shaleh (http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0201/msg01630.html) explained that Debian has been used as a basis for the iPaq's linux distribution. However, it is not designed for handhelds so they changed a lot. Even use a different (but very very similar) packaging format. Additionally, there is the (http://intimate.handhelds.org/) Intimate Project which is a fully blown Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution for the Compaq iPAQ, and the (http://familiar.handhelds.org/) Familiar Project that works on creating the next generation of PDA OS, and that has just recently published the (http://familiar.handhelds.org/releases/v0.5.1/) release candidate for v0.5.1. ...
... Debian on Zaurus PDA. Joey Hess (http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0202/msg00145.html) informed us that it looks like Sharp's Zaurus PDA (the one with the neat integrated keyboard) uses busybox dpkg and Debian packages. There's also a (http://sourceforge.net/projects/zaurus) sourceforge project which covers open source development of tools, applications, and games for the Zaurus PDA. ...
... Debian on the Sharp Zaurus. Matt Zimmerman recently had the good (http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0206/msg01032.html) fortune of having one of these delightful little toys come into his possession. Matt is interested in creating a full-featured Debian environment for the Zaurus, with all the trimmings (including package management with dpkg and apt). Philip Blundell pointed to the (http://gpe.handhelds.org/) GPE effort which also uses Debian as base distribution apparently. ...
... Debian Zaurus Update. Matt Zimmerman released an (http://lists.debian.org/debian-handheld-0302/msg00044.html) update report about Debian on handhelds in general and the Zaurus in particular. He added a brief record of where we've been and where we stand on current development. (http://opie.handhelds.org/) Opie packages for example are coming along wonderfully, and are progressing into Debian unstable. Phil Blundell has further packaged some parts of (http://gpe.handhelds.org/) GPE for Debian, an X11- and GTK-based desktop project. ...
... Familiar Packages for Debian? Russell Coker (http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00398.html) pondered packaging the (http://familiar.handhelds.org/) Familiar distribution of Linux for Debian. It consists of a boot loader (non-linux binary), an image of the root file system (JFFS2 file system image) which is about 13 MB, a kernel patch for 2.4.19, gcc and binutils for cross-compiling ARM code on an i386 platform and finally a complete tool chain. This is a total of about 130 MB.
Pocket Workstation - Debian on Handhelds(http://www.pocketworkstation.org/) features: