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wargus 06-30-2012 03:52 PM

Tablet PC with Slackware
Hi all,

I'm trying to upgrade/deface my '70s car with kind of a board-computer :D . Now I have an old Asus EEE 901 which would be perfect, except the touch screen capability. I made some research but didn't find anything great but this Eee hobbyist-status update with a touch screen. Of course to a certain degree I could live with that, but seeing advice from people unmounting their devices completely without ESD protection or non-isolated screwdrivers and such, makes me think it's rather luck that it works :confused: .

Is there a small tablet which runs Slackware or ARMedSlack (with Slackware I could tinker, but I don't want to do with hardware if possible). I have no idea yet about ARM and/or tablets (although I am connected with hardware design and read the Raspberry-Threads :) ), so any hints are appreciated (even if they are just links where to read and sort out).

But: Android is not a solution :tisk:

Many thanks in advance

Darth Vader 06-30-2012 06:39 PM

I believe that you should just buy an whatever x86 Tablet PC, i.e. an WindPad 110W and start the customization...

I do not known (and believe) there to be tablets on sale, with Slackware installed native.

wargus 06-30-2012 08:24 PM


Originally Posted by Darth Vader (Post 4715986)
I do not known (and believe) there to be tablets on sale, with Slackware installed native.

Me neither. But just asking if there are ppl who know things that work or have any ideas

Alien Bob 07-01-2012 07:53 AM

I had been looking at the ZaTab:
This tablet positions itself as a real "open source friendly" tablet, allowing full customization and root access, as well as having a selection of hardware components that are opensource driver friendly (such as the Mali-400 GPU).

Unfortunately the tablet costs $ 350 which is too much money to consider buying it on a whim.
However if I had such a tablet, I would certainly work on getting Slackware running on it. I have been talking to the company who produces the tablet and they would be very interested in seeing a Linux distro running on it (their own focus is Android 4.0).

I do already have a (not fully complete and therefore still non-public) ARM port of Slackware with hard-float (FPU) support for my TrimSlice computer and it would be fun to get multi-touch KDE's plasma-active running on this tablet.

Should I consider running a fund-raiser?


wargus 07-01-2012 09:08 AM


Originally Posted by Alien Bob (Post 4716254)
Should I consider running a fund-raiser?

Yes please :) If I can help this way, then I do.

commandlinegamer 07-01-2012 09:14 AM

It's difficult I suppose given how tablets are flooding the market these days. I've seen some utter garbage about, especially the sub 100-stuff often advertised on shopping channels.

I wouldn't consider a tablet below 200 worth looking at, but that's still a substantial sum just for experimenting.

wargus 07-01-2012 09:20 AM

Exactly. And problem could also be, that after some time you are able to get stuff running, the same model isn't available anymore, and you have to start experimenting with a new type again.

NyteOwl 07-01-2012 01:50 PM

It's not cheap but the Samsung Slate 7 should do. It coems wih WIn7 installed but will run OS X and Linux. It's basically an Intel i5 based laptop in a tablet format. Comes with a separate bluetooth keyboard as well as the Wacom based stylus/touch screen.

Alien Bob 07-01-2012 02:36 PM

I would prefer to stay far away from any non ARM powered tablet. Low power, long battery times, and still decent performance.


damgar 09-05-2012 09:38 PM

I never really thought much of tablets....Until the office gave me a free iPad yesterday! LOL. It's actually quite nice. I got a ZAGGfolio case for it that includes a small bluetooth keyboard so I can use it like a touch enabled netbook or standard tablet. The only problem is that it's running iOS! Don't get me wrong, I have an iPhone 4s after owning a 3GS for 2 years, and as far as appliances go, Apple makes a nice one. But the second I started using it I found myself wanting Slackware on it.

That Za looks like a very nice little tablet and $350 is much more attractive than the price of this iPad if I actually had to pay for it myself. I've been looking at several Apple appliances that I really like (I like my girlfriend's AppleTV too), and thinking that with a good Slackware ARM port and a few good Slackbuild ports like VLC would really allow for some incredibly cool and powerful devices. I really do hope your ARM port goes well, and yes, I do think that you should start a fundraiser for that tablet if it would help get Slackware on it! I would donate a little money for you to get a tablet going that I thought I too would like to own!

Alien Bob 09-06-2012 06:52 AM

I had held off this project a bit... because I do not like to beg for money. I initially thought I could finance it myself, but these days more money flows out of my pocket each month than my employer adds back to my bank account.

I'll have to consider this fundraiser, after Slackware 14 sees the light and I have time.


brianL 09-06-2012 08:32 AM

Well, my funds are a bit low at present due to household repairs, but count me in for a donation in the not too distant future.

wargus 09-07-2012 04:08 PM


Originally Posted by Alien Bob (Post 4774017)
I'll have to consider this fundraiser, after Slackware 14 sees the light and I have time.

As I said, I will donate. Count me in here.

vharishankar 09-07-2012 10:59 PM


damgar 09-30-2012 12:45 AM

Hey Eric! 14.0 is here! Get to work please! Lol, of course I'm joking, but I'm still very excited about the prospect! :D

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