Vivaldi Tablet

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Mar 26 23:29:23 UTC 2012

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 09:07:25AM +1000, Da Rock wrote:
> On 03/27/12 01:42, Chad Perrin wrote:
> >
> >I think the point of the initial email to start this thread was to see if
> >there were people in the community with an interest in working on this
> >project, and might actually be a fairly logical step toward an effort to
> >"find a 'guru'" to work on it.
> Actually I think the point of the email was to prop up the member
> numbers on the site. The platform itself is just an ordinary aPad
> which can be hacked. As for the open source community interest, well
> it already runs linux natively- android- so not entirely sure what
> the fuss is about (might explain the population there).

Android is not the same as a full-featured Unix-like OS.  It's a
miserably underpowered half-measure, whose only redeeming feature is that
it's not Apple iOS or MS WP7.  There's a bit of a difference, there.

. . . not that I much care about tablets per se, right now, though it
would be nice if I could get a ThinkPad X-series tablet-laptop working
with FreeBSD.  I just wouldn't equate Android with a general-purpose
Unix-like OS, even if that OS uses a Linux kernel and gets most of the
userland subtly wrong.

> If anyone was interested in porting FreeBSD to tablets there are
> plenty of dev kits out there to play with; and if the cost is
> excessive then grab an aPad off eBay for $50.

I'm not sure how that disputes what I said.

> To explain the major hurdle in porting to a tablet, you'd need to
> probably find an alternative windowing solution then Xorg (low
> memory, especially in vivaldi)- I'm not 100% sure what iOS and
> Android use. Might be interesting...

Yeah, there could be some real challenges there.  The question is whether
someone with the wherewithal to do the work would find the challenge

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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