"Linux on tablets will arrive!"

Story: Linux alternatives for the iPad - and the future of netbooks, tablets and smartbooksTotal Replies: 9
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Mar 19, 2010
12:54 PM EST
Linux on tablets has already arrived a long time ago, as the ProGear tablet shipped with Linux back in October, 2000: http://www.transmetazone.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=398

Here are other tablets on which Linux has been installed: http://tuxmobil.org/tablet_unix.html

By the way, tablet PCs have existed for more than two decades, long before the Ipad was a twinkle in Steve Jobs' "i." Here's a page on the GO PenPoint (released in 1992): http://www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/go/index.html

Mar 19, 2010
1:14 PM EST
Come on, Tuppp, don't you realize that history is not made until a big authority figure says it is?

Mar 19, 2010
1:22 PM EST
Yup, cuz we all know that PDAs didn't really exist until Palm.

Never mind all those Zoomers, etc. out there. :)

Mar 19, 2010
2:35 PM EST
tuppp: Thanks for the info! Of course there have been tablets - and some of those have been running free software for over a decade, though I'm not really up to date with those. I know the Sharp Zaurus has been running NetBSD for a while and some more. Jobs waited however until hardware was good enough to make a tablet computer that's usable, Microsoft was a bit too early I'm afraid.

Some time ago I had a discussion about the AppStore. Like, there were software repositories and webshops before.

The response I got was: Yeah, but Apple made it real easy, you could buy software from the repository, and besides, the Appstore was the first real Appstore.

I was almost wetting my pants, it's the same as claiming Chocomel (my favourite chocomilk) was the first real Chocomel (that's how they advertizing, "the only real one"), the Zamboni was the first real Zamboni, and MS DOS was the first real MS DOS


Mar 19, 2010
5:15 PM EST
How about this: the entourage edge ? http://www.entourageedge.com/

Android device with dual screens (eReader and color lcd touch screen). Shipments began last month, so they're already in end users' hands.

Mar 19, 2010
7:08 PM EST
Thanks, seems like we should be starting a list or something.

Mar 19, 2010
7:11 PM EST
You whippersnappers, I was running Yggdrasil on a stone tablet when you were still in nappies.

Mar 19, 2010
7:21 PM EST
To let everyone know, her tablet was the first pen model. However, it required a good hammer to chink out the letters.

Hey TC were you the one that transcribed the commandments to readable text?

Just asking,


Mar 19, 2010
7:38 PM EST
YBT, well there were 15 commandments before she hit the third tablet a tad too hard. Rock was expensive back then being new tech, so it was a cost saving device to just reduce the package size.

Mar 19, 2010
8:36 PM EST

That has a ring of truth, since I think I heard a similar story about that text fairly recently. Ten are hard enough to adhere to, fifteen would be way too much. Also think about all the court house lawns that would be ruined in the U.S. with the full set.


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