Fund-seeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement

Nov 13, 2012 by Nancy Owano report
Fund-seeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement

(Phys.org)—Hey, kid, want a tablet that's capable of Linux and Android dual booting for one hundred bucks? The smart kid will answer, ok what's the catch? The catch is that, even if things go very well, it won't be on the shelves before next year and that, to reserve this open source rendering you have to go through the crowdfunding site, indiegogo. The tablets are called PengPods. The goal is to eventually bring forth a line of both Linux/Android tablets and also mini PCs. All devices are designed with an Allwinner A10 or A13 processor. For delivering the best of both worlds, Android and Linux, they run Android and boot Linux from an SD card. The advantage is said to be that the Linux enthusiast does not need to jump through hoops to have Linux.

The PengPod tablets will offer simple dual-booting by having one of the two operating systems installed in the device's and the other on the . An active community, according to the PengPod creator, is working to make the devices better and better.

Say hello, for example to the PengPod 700, a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet, with bootable SD Card, built in camera, one USB port, headphones, and built in speakers. The seven-incher was placed as an earlybird special for 99 dollars but it has now sold out. The estimated delivery is presented as January 2013 The PengPod 700 is now listed at $120.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.

The PengPod 1000 is a ten-inch capacitive touch screen tablet, which will also run with Linux from an SD Card and is listed at $185.

Every PengPod device is capable of running from internal flash or booting from an SD Card. PengPods use a Linaro root file system and have access to most standard Linux packages available for ARM, with software including LibreOffice, XBMC, VLC, LXDE, KDE, and Gnome.

The KDE Plasma Active interface is used to make the Linux version touch-friendly and the Android version uses Android 4.0. The effort continues to raise cash at the time of this writing via indiegogo. When we last checked, the project had raised $11,313 with 20 days left to reach a $49,000 goal.

Neal Peacock, the software engineer behind the tablets, is on a mission to satisfy Linux users who would prefer a tablet running "real" Linux, which is the idea behind the PengPod tablets. "Our goal is to build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Google and Android's restrictions, at a reasonable price," according to Peacock.

Peacock has discussed what he wants to do with the money raised. "We intend to fix up the tablet related features, offer a central repository of A10 specific packages and create images and guides to make these devices even better. All these efforts will take time and we plan to use the proceeds from indiegogo to fund the remainder of the software work and maintenance. "

Based on how much is brought in, he is also considering offering prizes for developer teams "implementing community goals, adding more devices and maybe even other processor lines to our support list." He said that many of the tablet-related packages created "will hopefully help create a true Linux based movement."

Explore further: Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass

More information: pengpod.com/pengwiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
www.indiegogo.com/pengpod

Related Stories

Raspberry Pi will roll with Android 4.0

Aug 02, 2012

(Phys.org) -- Broadcom developer Naren Sankar is porting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) over to the little $35 computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and so far the two coexist nicely, though with more ...

Recommended for you

Japan's digital eyes show your emotions for you

Apr 21, 2014

Can't be bothered to show anyone what you're thinking? Then a Japanese scientist has the answer—a pair of digital eyes that can express delight and anger, or even feign boredom.

Review: With Galaxy S5, Samsung proves less can be more

Apr 20, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co. has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5S: the Galaxy S5. The device, released over the weekend, is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S ...

Five features an Amazon phone might offer (Update)

Apr 18, 2014

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

User comments : 0

More news stories

US urged to drop India WTO case on solar

Environmentalists Wednesday urged the United States to drop plans to haul India to the WTO to open its solar market, saying the action would hurt the fight against climate change.