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Project To Build Dual-Booting Linux, Android Tablet For $100 114

SternisheFan sends this quote from Ars: "It likely won’t be as sleek or fast as a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10, but a new tablet running both Android and Linux is in the works for open source enthusiasts and lovers of low-budget devices. PengPod tablets, made by a company called Peacock Imports, will dual-boot Android 4.0 and a version of Linux with the KDE Plasma Active interface for touch screens. But in order to reserve a tablet for yourself, you'll have to contribute to the company's crowdfunding project on Indiegogo and hope enough money is raised to begin production. 'Our goal is to build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Google and Android's restrictions, at a reasonable price,' the PengPod IndieGogo page says. 'If you're a Linux fanatic you probably ended up getting an Android phone. Hey, it's Linux right? It'll be open, run all the programs I'm familiar with and let me hack around and have some fun right? Too often, this is not so. That is why we set out to find a way to run real Linux and all the software you really want.'"
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Project To Build Dual-Booting Linux, Android Tablet For $100

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  • by recoiledsnake ( 879048 ) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @10:05AM (#41949083)

    Why dual boot when you can run both simultaneously since both run on the same Linux kernel? Kind of how Windows 8 runs both WinRT apps(for tablet use) and desktop apps simultaneously. Best of both worlds, use the Android apps when you want to use a tablet, and then switch to KDE apps for real work, all without messy rebooting.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11, 2012 @10:06AM (#41949089)

    It is true that the "It's the linux way" guy is appalling. But if you read the thread carefully, you will see that he gave the correct answer right in the first reply: Disable the Akonadi insanity.

    BTW: I generally find MacOS X and Windows users even more intolerant. Every time I tell a Mac user that the Mac desktop is unusable for me they get downright aggressive in a way that I don't find with Linux users. Likewise I've been called "Dinosaur" by our Windows administrator for using command line interfaces.

  • by progician ( 2451300 ) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @10:21AM (#41949165) Homepage
    I always thought the same. Switching between OSes should be more simple, it just need a better boot management: How about a function built in both OS, that saves the memory just like as it was hibernate and switch by memory content? A modern firmware/BIOS should offer this possibility.
  • EOMA-68 or go home. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11, 2012 @10:49AM (#41949321)

    In a couple years, when I get tired of whatever low-end SoC they can get in their $100 tablet, there'll be a couple new generation of SoCs, and either a low-end from the newest generation or a mid-range from the older generation will easily double the performance for the same price.

    If the tablet uses EOMA-68 CPU cards, I'll just be able to buy a new CPU card and upgrade the tablet. And then I can put the old CPU card in something else (maybe a plugserver or such). If not, I'll have to buy a whole new tablet, and in that case, why wouldn't I just spend $200 no on one that's twice as fast?

    EOMA-68 [] or go home.

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