The A300 doesn't have much internal RAM, so the best bet for running Python on it is the Python Zaurus Image which puts most of python in a cramfs image which is stored on the SD card and mounted in the right place via loopback.
One minor wrinkle is that the PyQt included doesn't work on the A300 -- if you
import qt you get an error:
ImportError: /home/QtPalmtop/lib/libqte.so.2: undefined symbol: __8QLibraryRC7QStringQ28QLibrary6Policy
This is apparently because the Qt shipped with the A300 is weird in that this
symbol is in libqpe.so.1 rather than libqte.so.2.
Full details are available
(if you can read Japanese!), but to cut a long story short the simplest of the three approaches
he suggests is just to edit the .so files in the Python distribution to refer to
libqte.so.2. (libqpe depends on libqte so doing this provides a strict superset
of the required symbols so it all works out OK.)
Here's a script which does this automatically to create a python24.img.fixed from the
python24.img file. You'll need
#!/bin/sh -e # Given a cramfs python24.img, unpack it, fix the .so files # which refer to libqte.so.2 to refer to libqpe.so.1, and repack. # This is a workaround for a bug/incompatibility in the Qt # shipped in the Zaurus A300 ROM. if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then echo "Usage: fix-zaurus-python-image python.img" exit 1 fi if [ $(id -u) -ne 0 ]; then echo "Sorry, you must be root to get permissions right" exit 1 fi IMG="$1" DIR="/tmp/zimg" if [ -e "$DIR" ]; then echo "$DIR seems to already exist, aborting" exit 1 fi # Make sure sed isn't playing silly games with non-ASCII charsets export LANG=C export LC_CTYPE=C echo "Unpacking $IMG in $DIR..." mkdir "$DIR" cramfsck -x "$DIR/ext" "$IMG" for LIB in "$DIR"/ext/site-packages/*.so; do echo "Patching $LIB..." sed -e 's/libqte.so.2/libqpe.so.1/' < "$LIB" > "$LIB.new" mv "$LIB.new" "$LIB" done echo "Building new image file..." mkcramfs "$DIR/ext" "$IMG.fixed" echo "Cleaning up..." rm -rf "$DIR" echo "Done, new file is $IMG.fixed"