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Revised description of a FOSS friendly PDA

On 02/11/2020 10:09 AM, Richard Owlett wrote:
I wish to enter/store data while away from home. The data will then be transferred to my laptop via a USB cable. [Think the capability of one of the old Palm Pilots in a smartphone(sic) form factor]

"Palm Pilot" was the not best visualization.
A better image would be the pocket protector full of 3x5 cards a fellow engineering student used in the early 60's. He had it organized for quick retrieval of notes on a specific topic.

Everything I wish to do accomplish has a direct analog to how he did things.

An inverse is frequently also true.
E.G. A frequent "must have" feature of a smartphone is a cell modem. The analog would be my friend viewing someone-else's set of cards.

Many smartphone features are of no value or are detrimental to my intended use. Prime examples include Android OS and any graphical browser.

What I could envision using would be Debian with a minimal MATE Desktop and a single custom Tcl/Tk app. The bottom of the screen would have a 4x15 character array emulating a QWERTY keyboard for input of arbitrary alphanumeric data. Display of "retrieved data" or "data being entered" would be handled by the Tcl/Tk app.

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