So I’ve been studying up on it and I’m going to flash my ROM to OpenZaurus. I’m a little trepidatious about the whole thing, but I will be doing it. While it is usable as it came out of the box from Sharp, I think this will make it closer to what I want. I believe that I’ll be able to finally sync something with my Mac OS X box if I do. Overall, I’m sure it will be a good maneuver, I’m just nervous in that “breaking the seal on the box” sort of way.
I’m not 100% sure if I can flash the ROM from the SD card. I’ve seen references that imply that ROM flashing can only happen from the CF, but then others that imply either. I’ll be finding out the hard way, I suppose. Looking around, I’ve seen a number of people who seem to flash from ROM to ROM at will so it can’t be that terrible of an operation to do. I have a 256M SD card and could fit a number of ROMs on there. If I can flash from it, I’m in business. All I need is to keep the OpieReader, the Pocketop driver, and Kismet installed and I’m in hog heaven. If I can sync then I can actually get some use out of the PIM stuff that PDAs are supposed to be for. Right now, losing the QTopia Address Book and Calendar isn’t much of a hit when there is nothing in either. I’ll report back here after I work up the courage to take the big step.
Here is one guys blow by blow account of installing OZ, in excruciating detail. I’m definitely keeping this to hand for a few gotchas when I do it. If worse comes to worse, I belive I can restore to these version of the Sharp ROMs.