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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

drachensun Re:Too good to be true? (196 comments)

In the USA customs on phones and similar mobile computing devices is 0%. Unless they come from Japan and have a 16 bit or larger CPU, then its something outrageous like 200% which I assume is some ancient 1980s calculator tariff thats still hanging around. If you do not require a formal entry, typically there are no customs duties or charges at all. Formal entry is not required for packages sent by mail carrier with a value $1500, unless they are in a special category like munitions, produce, etc, etc. Even with a formal entry this category doesn't have any duty but your customs agent will typically charge a % for handling the paperwork. DHL used to charge me 0.25% I think, its been more than I year though so I can't remember exactly. This isn't true for most western countries, the EU has VAT and local sales tax, Canada has a national sales tax, many other countries have crippling duties. In short, drop shipping to the USA is not a problem and won't add duties. I used to do a formal entries of this kind of merchandise about once a month when I had this going www.pengpod.com .

about 4 months ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:Im on the project, ask me anything (93 comments)

I meant to say we sold more than 1000 during that time, looks pretty trivial with the typo. Anyway....

about 10 months ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:Im on the project, ask me anything (93 comments)

Free as in open source? I don't think so. The ones we are using now are blobs but we can build the kernel modules that go with them, so they should remain usable from what I know about it. There hasn't been any serious effort to reverse engineer the PowerVR from what I can tell. I heard from the guy working on the Mali RE that PowerVR would be so much worse to work on, he doesn't think it will ever be done.

about 10 months ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:yikes (93 comments)

The device is 9.7", it is not the size of a phone.

We are using a stock design but having it build custom. You could buy an almost identical model from another vendor, it cost more, is only available in one country and does not come with Linux support. I think you underestimate the effort involved in getting Linux running on a new device, some people don't like to spend hours and hours and hours of their own time porting GNU/Linux to a new device just to use it.

about 10 months ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:stylus (93 comments)

I had used it with a stylus under GIMP. It works but I'm not prepared to say its art ready. I've got a bottom of the line capactive stylus, with it I get disconnects when drawing a long enough line and its got a fairly large point. Might work well with a better stylus though.

about 10 months ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:Im on the project, ask me anything (93 comments)

The non available source:
PowerVR userspace 3D acceleration libraries.
Nand driver, though Allwinner has released v5 and v7 off this libraries source, we are working with v6. I think getting source would be a simple formality but upgrading to v7 is probably better anyway.
bluetooth firmware for the 8723as wifi/bt chip. We might be switching to a similar broadcom chip though before final release.

about 10 months ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:Im on the project, ask me anything (93 comments)

Also I should say, we didn't intend to have the gap between models. We spent 2 months chasing a imx6q tablet. In the end the LCD driver had no source and was too difficult to reverse engineer. If this funder succeeds we will be increasing the size of our engineering staff and feel confident we will be able to ready new devices more quickly so as to not have these gaps.

about a year ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:Im on the project, ask me anything (93 comments)

I'll respond to this in two parts, first about the old devices. We sold a lot more than 100 in the 6 months or so they were generally available, so it wasn't 1 order and done. We were told we would have some notice when they were going away so we would have a chance to 'stock up' based on our estimated sales volume. That didn't happen and in fact our last regular order was cancelled and refunded after being delayed several weeks. We had some alternate choices but everyone was switching to a new touch screen control and nand chip but no one had working source for them. We didn't see enough demand to justify reverse engineering the drivers. These things happen at small volume and we no longer using the original supplier.

Second, about the 1040. We have to order these in larger lots, so the good news is we will generally have a larger supply for fewer surprises. Also at this volume they are being manufactured, PCB and all in custom runs. So as long as the A31 is available, we can have them made, assuming their is demand. A finally because our new supplier actually creates and shares the source improvements needed to run the device, even if small changes come as peripheral chips reach EOL, we will have their source for the new parts directly from our supplier.

about a year ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:Rebootless switching (93 comments)

Yes, it should be possible but I'm not sure what improvement Ubuntu has now for this method. I used to mess around with this on some of the early Android tablets and its actually what got me interested in booting just Linux on the devices to improve performance. It was fairly easy to setup a chroot on these systems but you ahd to do something goody like vnc into it, which was very, very slow. I scanned that page and it also sounds like a precursor to Ubuntu Touch but I didn't see any technical links to find more.

about a year ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Im on the project, ask me anything (93 comments)

I'm on the project so if you have any questions ask away and I'll try and answer.

about a year ago
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PengPod Crowdfunding a Tablet Made With OS-Switching In Mind

drachensun Re:guarantee that it's free of NSA tracking? (93 comments)

I'm part of the PengPod project, I thought I should come to Timothy's defense. We throw the no NSA thing around in the marketing because we directly share, or use common open source distributions that share, all the source in the machine. For the bootloader, u-boot, kernel up to the user space. We share all the Apache licensed parts as well. In this way, you can review and audit all the code, unlike with many Android devices where their Android modifications are hidden. Of course, as the above points out we cannot actually audit the entire existing code base. Also we don't have source for the 3D acceleration libraries but they aren't required for any uses. Since we provide all the tools to create your own images, the device can be flashed without those.

about a year ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

drachensun Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

Real time under Embedded hardware? If you need more processing power, why not switch to a more powerful, non embedded processor? If you switched to the latest 8 core pentium, would that allow you to detect this things clearly? I paid $25k for my last vehicle, and it doesn't drive itself. If I had to buy a $1k PC to be the brain of my robot chauffeur instead of an arm processor, I think the funds could have been found. All the applications you mention are replacing skilled workers who would be making $20 an hour or more (maybe a lot more for really good drivers). Seems like each week you don't need that driver you could buy such a computer along with any standard related accessories. I realize your company has overhead and profit and all as well for these systems but its seem like the hardware cost would be a small vs the savings. The cost and space of modern processor power is tiny next to the worker you are replacing.

about a year ago
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Bug Sends Lost-Phone Seekers To Same Wrong Address

drachensun Re:Sucks to be him (298 comments)

I dont think it matters. If you can show you sent it, its not your problem if they refuse to accept it. They are the ones in the collections business and that comes with legal obligations.

about a year and a half ago
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PengPod Hits Funding Goal, Plans to Ship Linux Tablet In January

drachensun Re:Why? (69 comments)

On indiegogo a flexible funding campaign means they take the funds whether or not they hit the goal. A FIXED funding campaign like this means they have to reach their goal. I agree a flexible would have been shady, that is why we went fixed.

about a year and a half ago
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PengPod Hits Funding Goal, Plans to Ship Linux Tablet In January

drachensun Re:Already Available (69 comments)

Do they come with GNU/Linux? Is there any support to get it running on those devices?

about a year and a half ago
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GNU/Linux tablet Revolution 2013

drachensun Desktops going away (1 comments)

I think for most people that don't use a computer professionally, a tablet is really better than a desktop. The fact that Android and now GNU/Linux is going to be such a big part of the tablet market is going to be a lot more important than desktop market share soon.

about a year and a half ago
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Dual-Booting PengPod Tablet Can Run Linux/Android

drachensun Re:Resistive Screen (109 comments)

Its in the updates on the site: Q: Do the PengPods use a capacitive touch screen? A: YES, no resistive touch screens, only capacitive. I think some confusion has been caused by the fact that the A10 chip has a built in resistive touch screen controller. We are not using it, we are using an ft5x capacitive touch screen controller chip with 5 point multi-touch.

about 2 years ago

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Dual boot Linux/Android Tablet with an OS you can build from source

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "The PengPod, a second generation product offering Linux/Android dual boot has begun releasing source and instructions to build complete OS images. The device currently supports Linaro, ArchLinux, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Android and Ubuntu Touch. The company is currently marketing the device as an industrial touch control system and for hackers who want to try out different systems."
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Dual boot Linux/Android tablet allows complete source control

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "The PengPod, a second generation product offering Linux/Android dual boot has begun releasing source and instructions to build complete OS images. The device currently supports Linaro, ArchLinux, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Android and Ubuntu Touch. The company is currently marketing the device as an industrial touch control system and for hackers who want to try out different systems."
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Dual boot Linux Android tablet offers OS you can build from source

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "The PengPod 1040 tablet has multiple GNU/Linux distributions available including Fedora, ArchLinux, OpenSUSE and Linaro. Built top to bottom with open source, the previous generation of PengPods were used in many diverse applications including printer controls, GPS navigation systems and POS registers."
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Triple Booting Tablet offers ability to build your own OS from source

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "PengPod, a tech startup is promising a tablet that allows owners to rebuild the entire OS from source code and boot multiple systems in parallel including Android, Linaro, Arch, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu Touch."
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Triple boot tablet provides both Android and GNU/Linux options side by side

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "PengPod, the company who brought the first commercial dual-booting GNU/Linux-Android tablet is now crowd funding a quad core tablet the PengPod1040

PengPod1040. The PengPod1040 can now boot three different OS options from internal memory, select-able with a built in bootloader. This 9.7" high resolution tablet can run Android, GNU/Linux including Linaro/Arch/Fedora/OpenSUSE and now Ubuntu Touch . Ubuntu touch is made so one can have the same friendly Ubuntu experience, but is touch friendly, which has the ability to navigate the Ubuntu desktop without having to use a mouse and keyboard.

PengPod has pledged to make all source and tools used to build the images available so users can build their own OS top to bottom and guarantee it free tracking from the NSA or others. The PengPod has previously found some success as a low cost touch platform for industrial/commercial control systems and is partnered with ViewTouch, the original inventors of the graphical POS to offer PengPods as restaurant register systems.

The Crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo is $349,000, with the tablets starting at $249. There is an Early Bird special with some still available for at $220.

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liliputing "
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3D Printer Controlled with a touch screen Linux Tablet

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "Francesco Santini was looking into the possibilities of stand-alone printing with the Solidoodle. He choose the PengPod 700, a tablet that runs a full linux distribution and turned it into a standalone interface for the SD2.

'So, in summary, I now have a fully-functional touchscreen pronterface installation that can drive the Solidoodle, for a total cost of 110$. No assembly, soldering, firmware modding required. Just a little bit of fiddling with Linux (if required, I can post a step-by-step guide, or prepare an ad-hoc linux image). '"
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PengPod Linux tablet as the touch screen controller for an SD2 3D printer

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "Francesco Santini was looking into the possibilities of stand-alone printing with the Solidoodle. He choose the PengPod 700, a tablet that runs a full linux distribution and turned it into a standalone interface for the SD2.

"So, in summary, I now have a fully-functional touchscreen pronterface installation that can drive the Solidoodle, for a total cost of 110$. No assembly, soldering, firmware modding required. Just a little bit of fiddling with Linux (if required, I can post a step-by-step guide, or prepare an ad-hoc linux image).""

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GNU/Linux on ARM SOCs becoming common

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year and a half ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "Could this be the year of GNU/Linux tablets / portable devices? If you take a look at Linux news, it seems that 2013 is shaping up for Linux tablets. Starting with the latest Ubuntu release for the nexus tablet. Two devices are secluded to be released in early 2013. The first one PengPod is wrapping up a successful crowdfunding effort on indiegogo. They have a line of dual booting portable devices running GNU/Linux and Android/Linux. The second Vivaldi is another GNU/Linux tablet that has closed its pre-orders quoted from their site: “After an overwhelming response and thousands of pre-orders, the first shipments of Vivaldis have been spoken for.” Then you have Rasberry PI making a mini computer.

So is 2013 the Year of Linux tablets? Only time will tell, but it seems people are starting to look for open source Operating Systems and are tired of large corporation user agreements."
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GNU/Linux Tablet Revolution 2013

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about a year and a half ago

drachensun (2766139) writes "Will this be the year of the GNU/Linux tablet? If you take a look at Linux news, it seems that 2013 is shaping up for GNU/Linux to break out in the tablet market. Ubuntu’s latest release is easier then ever to install and has added some great features for the nexus.

There are a number of portable devices scheduled for be released in 2013.
  PengPod is wrapping up what looks to be a successful crowdfunding effort on indiegogo. They have a line of dual booting portable devices running GNU/Linux and Android/Linux. Vivaldi is another GNU/Linux tablet that has closed its pre-orders quoted from their site: “After an overwhelming response and thousands of pre-orders, the first shipments of Vivaldis have been spoken for.” Then you have Rasberry PI making a mini computer. Ubuntu is developing Ubuntu for Devices.

So is 2013 the Year of GNU/Linux tablets? Only time will, but it seems to have a good chance to grow and become more established in the tablet market."
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PengPod tablets to support Android or Linux dual boot

drachensun drachensun writes  |  about 2 years ago

drachensun writes "There is a pre-order going on for the PengPod line of tablets and mini PCs. They can run Android or Linux and support KDE, Gnome, LXDE, LibreOffice, Plasma-Active and XBMC with hardware acceleration and is based on a Linaro root file system. There is also an unofficial cyanogenmod port. The hardware is all based around the A10 Allwinner processor which has an active community of developers working to mainline it."
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