Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:02

Crowd-funding sought for first Linux tablet


Missouri-based technology firm MJ Technology has begun a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo to raise US$100,000 to build the first tablets that run GNU/Linux.

The eight developers/engineers, who make up the firm, aim to make a tablet that runs the 64-bit version of the community Linux distribution, openSUSE.

The company has already designed and built an Android tablet, the MJ7HDTV Android HDTV Tuner.

There are four Linux tablets planned, with the cost varying from US$200 to US$400, based on the hardware specifications.

One previous time when someone attempted to build a Linux tablet was when the KDE project's Aaron Seigo said he would be leading development of a tablet called Vivaldi. That product never saw the light of day. Two other tablet projects, Jolla and Ubutab, also failed to deliver.

The pre-installed image on the Warrior tablet series will be openSUSE with GNOME as the desktop environment. However, given that the hardware is not locked down, users can change the operating system, and even install Windows as a second operating system if they so wish.

Systems administrators who need to manage multiple servers remotely can do so from the Warrior.

openSUSE board chairman Richard Brown said: "We are excited about the implications this tablet has for openSUSE and the greater free and open source software communities.

"openSUSE has always been an advocate for inclusion and this tablet offers an approach to have a Made-for-Linux x86/x64 Tablet running other popular Linux distributions."

The four Warrior series tablets offer either the Intel Atom x7-Z8750 or x5-Z8350 processor.

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