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  • #11
    Originally posted by Vistaus View Post
    You mean unlike the failed KDE tablet (Vivaldi)? 'Cause the Jolla tablet wasn't supposed to be 100% open hardware, unlike the failed KDE tablet and this new Purism tablet.
    I've never seen any kind of actual specs (from a believable source anyway) for the Vivaldi tablet, where did they say it was 100% open "hardware"?

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    • #12
      Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
      I've never seen any kind of actual specs (from a believable source anyway) for the Vivaldi tablet, where did they say it was 100% open "hardware"?
      Aaron Seigo, the guy behind it, said so himself: "In fact, Aaron and his small hardware development team were forced to engineer hardware from scratch. According to Aaron, there will be an open hardware tablet"

      Source: KDE Dot:
      https://dot.kde.org/2013/12/25/open-hardware-kde

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      • #13
        Originally posted by Vistaus View Post
        Aaron Seigo, the guy behind it, said so himself: "In fact, Aaron and his small hardware development team were forced to engineer hardware from scratch. According to Aaron, there will be an open hardware tablet"

        Source: KDE Dot:
        https://dot.kde.org/2013/12/25/open-hardware-kde
        Seems written badly. here there is a direct quote http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online...e-Board-System
        “We made the very painful decision that the only way we were going to make this happen would be to get into some level of hardware development from scratch.”

        Which is not the same thing.

        From what I understood of the story they were OEMs, looking for pre-made SoCs with fully opensourced components (horribly hard to find) from lesser SoC manufacturer companies in Asia (so no big names like Qualcomm, something like Rockchip or Allwinner).

        But articles were always fuzzy in this regard. Did they publish some kind of silicon designs for their SoC somewhere?

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        • #14
          Originally posted by alinhan View Post
          The article seems to suggest that the tablet is some sort of yet-to-be detailed product, while I'm pretty sure that it's the Librem 11, that was available for preorder and for which the specs have been available for over an year now:

          https://puri.sm/products/librem-11/
          That's too high end maybe? This is a "workstation" kind of tablet. Well done as the SSD is slotted (which Apple can't do on its "pro" hardware) but what it's not is an ARM product nor a cheaper alternative to the phone.
          But if you don't like the GUI or apps you can install Windows 10 or any PC distro and/or traditional desktop.

          Perhaps they look for some viable markets (middle class devs, business users, etc.) so I won't blame them for not doing some zero-margin product with uncertain appeal.

          tl;dr it's a PC similar to the Surface Pro and such.

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