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    Phoronix: Linux Kernel Port To TI-Nspire Graphing Calculators

    The Linux kernel has been ported to the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire. The TI-Nspire series platform powers higher-end graphing calculators in recent years from the Dallas-based company...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM0MzE

  • #2
    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Linux Kernel Port To TI-Nspire Graphing Calculators

    The Linux kernel has been ported to the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire. The TI-Nspire series platform powers higher-end graphing calculators in recent years from the Dallas-based company...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM0MzE
    Who uses calculators in 2013?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
      Who uses calculators in 2013?
      Anyone taking the SAT.

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      • #4
        I used TI calculators loads in school (easy to learn to program and lots of useful statistics and graphing stuff integrated).

        More to the point though, why would anyone want to put Linux on one and program it in another language? There's plenty of far better hardware available.

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        • #5
          Android

          I guess a Android smartphone with some calculator app would be a much better calculator.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by uid313 View Post
            I guess a Android smartphone with some calculator app would be a much better calculator.
            Probably, but if you're in school it's much easier to cheat and have the actual answers (or text someone to get answers) than it is to have a device that likely can't connect to the internet.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
              Anyone taking the SAT.
              Exactly. No cell phones are allowed for the ACT (which I took back in the day), and there is an approved list of calculators that can be used on the test. There are certain calculator models which are deemed too powerful and can't be used because they provide an unfair advantage.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Veerappan View Post
                Exactly. No cell phones are allowed for the ACT (which I took back in the day), and there is an approved list of calculators that can be used on the test. There are certain calculator models which are deemed too powerful and can't be used because they provide an unfair advantage.
                I'm sure the NSpire series models would pretty much fall into the "too powerful" category...my old TI83+ still can dish it out though. To me porting Linux to a TI calculator sounds more like a "bored hobbyist" project, but I'd like to wonder what the end result would be like maybe writing your calculator's programs in Python or Perl?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DeepDayze View Post
                  I'm sure the NSpire series models would pretty much fall into the "too powerful" category...
                  I think they usually only have problems if it has a full keyboard or touch screen (or a dictionary or internet access).

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