Vivaldi Tablet

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Tue Mar 27 00:10:55 UTC 2012

On 03/27/12 09:29, Chad Perrin wrote:
> 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.
LOL. Thats my issue exactly, but its handy for a smartphone...

It does make me wonder what a FBSD version of a similar appliance would 
be like?
>> 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.
It wasn't. More to dispute what the OP said actually :)
>> 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
> attractive.
I would... time is the issue though. This is a long term goal.

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