[ale] possibility of a non Android Linux tablet
Ron Frazier (ALE)
atllinuxenthinfo at c3energy.com
Sat Feb 25 10:50:56 EST 2012
Here I am replying to my own email again. Well, I've been thinking and
thinking about this. There's no doubt that I WANT a tablet, although
that would be one more computer to maintain and one more to try to
prevent from getting viruses. Android is a huge virus target. However,
my NEED to go to Atlanta Bread Company or Starbucks and look at
websites, check email, or check financial charts is not that great, when
I can generally go back home in 10 minutes and get access to my
computers. When I had that Pandigital tablet for a few days, I couldn't
get it to attach to Atlanta Bread Company's internet at all. And, when
I've had my laptop there, performance is spotty at best. I can always
take my laptop somewhere if I really want to. In the end, I think I
might want to keep or reallocate the $ 200 more than I want to have a
tablet. I think that I might just get a new slim case for my 15.6"
laptop as well as a separate power supply. That way, if I want to go
portable, I can just put the computer into standby mode, put it in the
case and go. Now, if I had a couple of thousand dollars to burn, I
wouldn't flinch about spending $ 200, but that's not the case.
Regardless, thanks to those who responded. I learned a good bit about
the HP Touchpad tablet and the Acer Aspire One netbooks during my
research. If I were going to buy something, it would probably be either
one of those or a Kindle Fire or an Acer Iconia tablet.
On 2/23/2012 8:42 PM, Ron Frazier (ALE) wrote:
> Hi Michael T.,
> I was wondering, what did you have to do to the Fire to get it to run
> ICE? And, are you still limited to Amazon's limited set of options,
> or do you have the full Android Market? I'm presuming you rooted the
> device. Are you using Cyanogen Mod 9? If so, was it hard to do? Can
> you attach a keyboard to the Fire?
> On 2/22/2012 7:52 PM, Michael Trausch wrote:
>> Ice Cream Sandwich on the Kindle Fire. I don't need all the bells and
>> Only thing I would like is the ability to insert a SIM card and use a
>> Bluetooth headset, and be able to have the tablet actually *be* the
>> Sent from my Ice Cream Sandwich powered Kindle Fire!
>> Pardon any typos...
>> On Feb 22, 2012 5:50 PM, "Ron Frazier (ALE)"
>> <atllinuxenthinfo at c3energy.com
>> <mailto:atllinuxenthinfo at c3energy.com>> wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>> I just recently bought a Pandigital SuperNova tablet for $ 200
>> from Best
>> Buy, kept it a couple of days, and returned it. I don't really
>> have $
>> 300 - $ 500 to spend on a tablet. It's actually a really cool
>> with a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of shared
>> storage. It
>> has an 8" capacitive touch screen, SD card slot, USB host capability,
>> HDMI out, wifi, bluetooth, and dual cameras. It's pretty snappy
>> to run
>> and plays video on Youtube well and displays web pages well when
>> you add
>> the Dolphin web browser. I really liked it, BUT ... I was really
>> annoyed by the fact that it is running Android Gingerbread 2.3, will
>> probably never be updated, and doesn't have the Android market place.
>> It has Getjar, and I installed Amazon market. However, you still
>> only about 1/10 the selection of applications that you would with the
>> Android market place. I was particularly bothered by the fact that I
>> could not install Firefox, nor the Barnes and Noble Nook program
>> having access to the Android market place. It has a built in BN app,
>> but it's not the same thing. I could potentially root it and install
>> the Android market place, and it may be possible to install the
>> market place without rooting it. However, it would become more
>> over time and possibly more subject to viruses. Also, every time
>> was a firmware update from Pandigital, I would be worried about
>> the hack
>> failing. In the end, I decided to return it.
>> I'm wondering if you guys know of any similarly priced
>> alternatives that
>> are running Android 3.2 Honeycomb or Android 4.x Ice Cream
>> Sandwich. In
>> terms of screen size, I don't really need 10". I think 8" is
>> about the
>> biggest thing I can thumb type on when it's in landscape mode. It's
>> also a nice size to carry around, but still big enough to read
>> the print
>> on the screen without a microscope.
>> I was also disappointed in some ways with Android, although I
>> didn't get
>> to play with it too long. For example, though, you can't even print
>> from your applications without adding a $ 13 specialized app from the
>> app store.
>> I was also wondering if anyone knows of a solid Linux tablet
>> that's not
>> Android. That would give me more of the features I'm used too
>> and more
>> traditional applications. I don't want to primarily use the
>> tablet for
>> content production, but I want it to be able to run my same (or
>> equivalent) applications when I need them and I'm out and about.
>> I want
>> to be able to attach a keyboard and mouse and do real work on it if
>> needed. Most of the time, though, I'd use it for content
>> It would strictly be a backup computer for when I'm away from my
>> I may consider a netbook, if there's nothing really in the tablet
>> space. It looks like non Android Linux tablets aren't really
>> there yet,
>> but maybe you guys know of some. I'd like to see Ubuntu or Debian
>> running on a tablet. The CPU's and memory are certainly powerful
>> for some versions of Linux.
>> I've only just begun research into non Android Linux tablets, but
>> I ran
>> across this link which looks interesting.
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