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[News] More GNU/Linux Tablets with Free Software

  • Subject: [News] More GNU/Linux Tablets with Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 07:58:47 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Linux alternatives for the iPad - and the future of netbooks, tablets and smartbooks

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| Apart from Apple, some other companies are 
| bringing some interesting tablets. In contrary 
| to the iTab, those other tablets do run Linux. 
| Some are already available, such as the 
| TouchBook from Always Innovating (AI), and some 
| have supposedly better screens, like the Notion 
| Ink Adam tablet. From the info available from 
| Sola's blog on the Notion Ink tablet, from the 
| Wikipedia-info on the iPad and AI Touchbook and 
| from the website of the AI touchbook I made a 
| feature table so you can compare features. Apart 
| from that, let's take a look at the future: What 
| technologies are coming to this market?



Freescaleâs $200 tablet will support Chromium, Android and Linux OSes

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| Earlier this year at CES, Freescale
| revealed a $200 smartbook tablet reference
| design that they were shopping around to
| partners.
| It was a beautiful tablet for the price,
| powered by a 1GHz i.MX515 ARM processo.
| Other specs included 512MB of DDR2 RAM, a
| 1,024 x 600 multitouch screen, between 4GB
| to 64GB of internal storage, a microSD
| expansion slot, optional 3G WWAN module,
| 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, a USB
| 2.0 socket, audio in / out, 3 megapixel
| camera, inbuilt 3-axis accelerometer, an
| ambient light sensor and a 1,900mAh
| battery.


HTC Touch Pro2 Runs Ubuntu Linux

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| This is probably another development that
| Microsoft wonât be too happy about, but
| itâs not like they can stop you from
| tinkering with your phone, right? Now,
| after the HTC Touch HD has been hacked to
| run Android, weâve got wind of a HTC Touch
| Pro2 running Ubuntu Linux 8.04. Of course,
| the OS is really meant for laptops and
| desktops, but again, nobody can stop you
| from having some fun, right?



Linux still top embedded OS

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| In a new whitepaper on Linux in the embedded market, VDC researchers cite the
| following reasons for Linux's popularity:
|     * Licensing cost advantages
|     * Flexibility of source code access
|     * General familiarity
|     * Maturing ecosystem of applications and tools
|     * Growing developer experience with Linux as an embedded OS


Embedded Linux research report ships

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| EDC noted that some 40 percent of the survey's 500 respondents were targeting
| embedded Linux.
| [...]
| Also in the earlier reports, Andrews observed that the need for RTOS source
| code was "one of the reasons that proprietary RTOSes created in-house for a
| specific system have long been popular, and now it's a primary motivating
| factor in the adoption of Embedded Linux."
| The now completed survey results are said to include "expert analysis" from
| Ann Thryft, a 20-year industry veteran. The report includes chapters on
| platforms, processors, tools, languages, security, target devices, mobile
| development, and of course, Linux.

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