Nokia 770 looking very promising
From our work today the Nokia 770 is definitely looking like it will do what we need. There are still lots of challenges, and it will be a real miracle if everyone manages to get their act together to get our client's application up and operating on these by early November.
Meanwhile I'm even more impressed with it today than I was yesterday, I think. Right now it just told me (for the first time) that the battery is low. This is after Heather had another go at it so the thing has been used continuously for the last seven hours, including Heather about two hours listening to downloaded audio while browsing.
Right now I'm SSH'd into it while it's playing a stream (with mplayer) and I have now found a bunch of repositories that have the 'armel' packages (including the one with DropBear for armel along with a bunch of other useful stuff. The Maemo.org site seems to be really useful, although some pages in the Wiki perhaps need reviewing - it seems that quite a number of the enhancement possibilities have been followed through on.
Finally, a couple of minutes ago, the device informed me it has a low battery, and shortly over that it dropped the wifi connection and my stream connection (and SSH connection) died as a result. I guess that 7.5 hours is a pretty good deal, especially for such intensive use.
That intensive use included things like re-flashing the device when I tried to upgrade to the Sardine distribution (without an SSH connection into it) and some package was killing the X server during upgrade, and eventually killing it on boot.
So if it's gone to sleep, I guess I should to!