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Re: Debian GNU/Linux on tablet hardware

On Oct 28, 2011, at 16:37, Phil Endecott wrote:
>> Hardware that is not mass produced has some other issues,
>> namely availability and vendor lock-in
> You think that your tablet is going to have better availability and less lock-in
> than a board from Freescale or TI?  That seems unlikely to me.  Look at the
> BeagleBoard; it would be hard to find any smartphone or tablet device that has
> been available for as long as that has.

Absolutely. And in the near term future the Beagleboards main CPU (an OMAP 3) is going to continue to be used commercially in Nokia's phones likely ensuring that the OMAP 3 CPU is supported for a number of years. A beagleboard is a good investment with a healthy software and hardware ecosystem. And they're cheap ~$125 US.

>> I think it must be possible to buy an android motherboard for just a
>> fraction of the price that i paid for my tablet.
> Why do you think that?  I have personally never seen an "Android motherboard"
> offered for sale at all, let alone for a low price.

Android's Linux kernels are supported (maintained?) by Linaro. Anything that runs Android can run GNU/Linux. Android is pretty much just Java stuff on the Linux kernel, so I'm not sure what a "Android motherboard" would be.



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