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[News] More Portable Platforms Empower GNu/Linux (Mer and Arbor Tablet)

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Community group widens Maemo's reach

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| A community effort to create a mainstream open-source Linux distribution for 
| tablets based on the Nokia-specific Maemo 5.0 environment is gaining 
| momentum, says LWN.net. The "Mer" project, which targets older Nokia tablets 
| as well as generic devices, has already passed major milestones, says the 
| story.    


Medical tablet gets Atom, 12.1-inch screen

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| Arbor announced a Linux-compatible tablet PC targeting medical applications, 
| with a sealed, easily sanitized case. The "M1255" has a 12.1-inch touchscreen 
| display, Atom N270 processor, 60GB hard disk drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 
| two-megapixel camera, barcode scanner, fingerprint reader, and an RFID 
| reader, the company says.    



Review: Ubuntu Mobile Edition

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| Overall this version represents a good start toward making the Linux
| operating system a viable alternative to Windows for these ultra portable
| devices. You can follow the development on any of the Ubuntu mobile mailing
| lists and IRC discussions listed on the UME wiki.



Ubuntu Mobile Edition: Review

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| The mobile Internet device (MID) space is one of the fastest growing
| platforms with new concept designs appearing every month. Nokia was one of
| the earliest vendors with a product (Nokia 770) in this space to ship with a
| Linux operating system (OS) and continues to see solid sales with the current
| model 810. New concept designs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and
| many sport a Linux OS.
| [...]
| With my Q1 I purchased the leather case / USB keyboard accessory to make text
| entry easier. Open Office works just fine under UME, and I was able to enter
| and edit text using the keyboard with no issues. The USB keyboard also
| includes an "eraser head" type mouse that works just fine under UME. I did
| not try to connect a Bluetooth keyboard although this version is supposed to
| support Bluetooth devices.


Open source to 'blow mobiles open'

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| McCabe said that the impending release of Google Android would provide
| a "wonderful catalyst" for the breakdown of proprietary software and hardware
| bundles from telcos. Other open source handset software includes the recent
| release of mobile Ubuntu.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

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