I've continued to refine my environment on the Zipit Z2, and noticed that the direction towards Matchbox instead of Fluxbox is getting popular, in part, due to default window sizes in Fluxbox greatly exceeding the 320x240 Zipit's screen. I fixed that in Fluxbox with three simple steps:
1) Install DevilsPie.
Towards making the Zipit Z2 a useful small computer, there are a few distinct paths:
- Optimize it as a command-line oriented, text-based tool, with lots of custom scripts and appropriate applications.
- Optimize it with a Linux GUI and adapt normal Linux applications to work with the small screen (320x240 pixels)
- Adapt prior work from small screen, PDA-oriented Linux GUIs, such as the work done for the Zaurus platform
I've been making efforts from all three angles... the first being easiest and simplest to acheive, the last offering the cleanest solution through the most effort. Today, I'd like to share some of my success in the second arena.
On my Zipit running Debian, I've finally managed to control font sizes.
I've been following the wonderful hackery going on for the Zipit Z2, mostly following tutorials from the Hunter Davis blog.
After following the Debian Install Instructions he posted, I've done some additions and explorations that I thought were worth sharing: