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Re: Debian on reMarkable paper tablet?


On Saturday, 02.01.2021 at 12:25, Martin wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm considering purchase of a reMarkable paper tablet¹.
> It seems, that Parabola Linux can run on the device².
> However, Parabola is based on Arch and I prefer Debian.
> Has someone tried Debian on the reMarkable?

I've not tried Debian on my Remarkable 1.

Last I looked at Parabola, it seemed to be "payware" and I could not
actually find any source code.

The only third-party software I've tried is koreader [1], which has a
*much* better EPUB renderer than the stock software, but suffers from
severe integration issues (e.g. if you leave it running it will let the
battery discharge to a level where the device appears "dead", rather than
powering off in time as the stock software does).

It probably wouldn't be too hard to get Debian to boot on it, but as I
write above with koreader, getting to a system/device that is actually
pleasant to use would be more work.

In general, after some months of use I can definitely recommend the
Remarkable. It's a unique device, and the stock software is partially
"open". Secure root access via SSH is available [2], as are toolchains [3].



[1] https://github.com/koreader/koreader
[2] https://remarkablewiki.com/tech/ssh
[3] https://remarkable.engineering/deploy/sdk/

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