The resources and ideas are mostly from alex, Do as what alex said, until we set up the ssh and login to root using password 'root'.

I use kernel from sleep_walker (link below), if ssh do not work, you should

modprobe g_ether


echo "g_ether" >> /etc/modules

first to enable usb networking. It's better to adjust the time, using (for date and time 2009-04-16, 12:34)

date 041612342009

The year calculating is not the same between palmos and linux, a working workaround is adding a line 'BADYEAR=yes' to /etc/default/rcS, so the year will not be considered every time we read or write from hardware clock. But the one-day-later issue still exist, I haven't find a way to solve it. To overcome the various hardware config problems, I use hal to auto detect the device,

apt-get install hal

Hald starting is a little slow, if you do not like it, feel free to struggle with all the config files :) Then

apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

(I use sid to get the newest softs). During upgrading, there will be some questions, please answer them carefully.

Exim4 may be installed by default, which talks a long time to start, I use ssmtp which is smaller to replace it:

apt-get install ssmtp

Install X:

apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-fbdev xserver-xorg-input-tslib xorg

and desktop, e.g. gpe,

apt-get install gpe

Configure the touchscreen,

apt-get install libts-bin

and run

TSLIB_TSDEVICE=/dev/input/event1 ts_calibrate

now we have a working X and gpe desktop, could manually start it by

xinit && matchbox-session

or you could

apt-get install nodm


echo matchbox-session > .Xsession

then edit /etc/default/nodm to enable nodm, nodm will start X for you as long as linux boots. We could not type symbols on treo's keyboard, so I wrote a little xkb keymap file

mv treo680.xkb /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/treo



to /etc/default/console-setup, 'setupcon' will setup the keymap. If you use hal, X will use the same keymap automatically (Thanks to XKB!).


Here's a rootfs tarball, anyone who don't want to configure the above steps is welcome to download and test it. Sleep_Walker's kernel can be downloaded here.

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