Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Apr 2009 11:16 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Hardware, Embedded Systems A sexy 12" capacitive touchscreen tablet, runs Linux, boots straight into a WebKit-based browser, for 300 USD. We all want that, right? Michael Arrington, of TechCrunch fame, figured last year that we indeed all want something like this, and he started working on actually developing such a device. We've seen a few prototypes already, but the "leaked" photos published of the latest prototype are nothing short of stunning.
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Call me when there is something real.
by spiderman on Fri 10th Apr 2009 12:11 UTC
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2008-10-23

I've been excited by the gdium last year and they didn't release. Wake me up when they release something. Until then, it is just a buzz that some news sites make up in order to create ad revenue. It's easy to make those pictures with a plastic box and the gimp, it's harder to actually make something as cool as this AND get the industrial strength to make it available to the market while keeping the thing so cool. IF it is released one day, it will become something that runs Windows and that cost $1000.

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Comment by Moulinneuf
by Moulinneuf on Fri 10th Apr 2009 12:44 UTC in reply to "Call me when there is something real."
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2005-07-06

Unrelated but here you might get more info :

http://www.gdium.com/en/product/blog

http://olph.gdium.com/

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RE: Comment by Moulinneuf
by Luis on Sat 11th Apr 2009 11:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by Moulinneuf"
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2006-04-28
RE: Comment by Moulinneuf
by kaiwai on Sat 11th Apr 2009 11:12 UTC in reply to "Comment by Moulinneuf"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Unrelated but here you might get more info :

http://www.gdium.com/en/product/blog

http://olph.gdium.com/


http://www.gdium.com/en/product/liberty1000

Awesome laptop - too bad I can't purchase it. Know of a place I can order it and get shipped to New Zealand given that their website has absolutely no information on who is selling them.

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Leak?
by sbenitezb on Fri 10th Apr 2009 13:41 UTC
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2005-07-22

Seems like prelaunch publicity; not exactly leaked, more like "oh look, I accidentaly sent our marketing stuff to the press".

Edit: now I see the quotes in "leaked".

Edited 2009-04-10 13:42 UTC

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Too bad info is sparse
by ronaldst on Fri 10th Apr 2009 13:56 UTC
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2005-06-29

Looks like a nice toy for geeks. Having the thing rotate the screen content like the iPhone would be useful.

Add Windows 7 to the mix and it could have potential.

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RE: Too bad info is sparse
by wakeupneo on Fri 10th Apr 2009 14:30 UTC in reply to "Too bad info is sparse"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

Add Windows 7 to the mix and it could have potential.


Yeah..coz no device could possibly have any potential without Windows 7...

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v RE[2]: Too bad info is sparse
by Tom K on Fri 10th Apr 2009 17:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Too bad info is sparse"
RE[3]: Too bad info is sparse
by merkoth on Fri 10th Apr 2009 17:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad info is sparse"
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

The thing boots straight to a web browser. What difference does it make? Sheesh...

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RE[3]: Too bad info is sparse
by wakeupneo on Fri 10th Apr 2009 17:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad info is sparse"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

I sure as hell won't buy one if it only runs Linux.


So...who loses?

How's that router of yours going? ;)

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v RE[4]: Too bad info is sparse
by Tom K on Fri 10th Apr 2009 17:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Too bad info is sparse"
RE[5]: Too bad info is sparse
by wakeupneo on Fri 10th Apr 2009 18:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too bad info is sparse"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

I stay as far away from Linux as possible.


Ahh, well that's your choice. Be thankful you have one. All of us Linux users you look down upon certainly are.

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RE[6]: Too bad info is sparse
by Tom K on Fri 10th Apr 2009 19:21 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Too bad info is sparse"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

I am thankful that I have a choice, but I'm thankful to Kernighan and Ritchie, David Cutler, Avie Tevanian, and the people who grew FreeBSD out of the unofficial patchkit for 386BSD that it started out as. :-)

If you think Linux has anything to do with FreeBSD, OS X, UNIX in general, or Windows, or that the people responsible for Linux have in any way driven the development of the above-mentioned OSes, then you're silly. :-P I'm in no way thankful to Linus Torvalds, for example. What has he done for me or the availability of so many different OSes?

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RE[7]: Too bad info is sparse
by wakeupneo on Sat 11th Apr 2009 11:07 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Too bad info is sparse"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

What has he done for me


You could have stopped there.

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RE[5]: Too bad info is sparse
by atriq on Fri 10th Apr 2009 20:24 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too bad info is sparse"
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2007-10-18

I stay as far away from Linux as possible.


Then why are you here? ;)

http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://www.osnews.com

Edited 2009-04-10 20:25 UTC

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RE[6]: Too bad info is sparse
by Tom K on Fri 10th Apr 2009 21:36 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Too bad info is sparse"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

Haha, nice one. :-P

Having been involved in IT for a long time now, I've learned not to hate the content producers for choices the IT department has made, and not to hate the IT department for choices the content producers have made. ;-)

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I stay as far away from Linux as possible.

Uhmm... Why? Its a pretty versatile kernel. Like the other posters have pointed out, its pretty much impossible to use the web without hitting something running linux. If you prefer *BSD, Mac or windows, great but no need to hate.

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No thanks
by TaterSalad on Fri 10th Apr 2009 14:58 UTC
TaterSalad
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2005-07-06

Soon as I saw Michael Arrington's name on this I immediately said no thanks. I don't like him or his site.

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hibridmatthias
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2007-04-11

Put all your gamin PDFs on it and use it for GMing or playing your tabletop gaming sessions, then go to work and use my personally written Ruby apps for trackiing and calculating drug doses on the floors in the hospital. Use the built-in wireless to beam back the calcs and data to my database...i could do my work from anywhere in the hospital...sweet!

I always get excited whennew gadgets come out or are leaked..vaporware or not, at least it shows that people are thinking about stuff...

As for Windows 7, who cares? Before drawing that from its holster, y'all might wanna read the articles regarding the target audience...

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Limited uses?
by DrillSgt on Fri 10th Apr 2009 17:54 UTC
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2005-12-02

FTA...

It will also include a custom default home page with large buttons for bookmarked services - news, Meebo/Ebuddy for IM, Google Docs/Zoho for Office, Email, social networks, photo sites, YouTube, etc. Everything that you use every day.


Everything that *who* uses every day? This looks like it might be good for a college student who actually has time for the above. I agree that it is a neat little toy, much like the iphone. As another poster said it could be used for web interfaces to corporate applications as well, such as for doctor's and nurses. Though I guess it could make a good first computer for a kid or high school student as well.

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Be, INC already did it...
by looncraz on Fri 10th Apr 2009 17:57 UTC
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2005-07-24

Be did this already. And they did it well ( I used to own one of the prototypes ).

Be, INC was ahead of its time - so sad. Good people with good ideas and excellent follow through - just bad market realities :-(

Oh well, either way, Be's BeIA pad was cool as hades, and I bet this thing is probably at least somewhat as cool. Question is who will buy it?

At $300 it is a worthwhile consideration for the budget crowd and even some businesses, much more than that and we have troubles.

--The loon

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Where did the $300 come from???
by JonathanBThompson on Fri 10th Apr 2009 18:32 UTC
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2006-05-26

I only saw the $300 number mentioned in some poster's comments: nothing in either one of the two linked articles mentions that number, though their goal was to be able to make them for $200: I suppose $100 is a decent enough markup, and may actually allow them to break even after all the promotion costs and whatnot but nowhere in those two linked articles (articles, not comments!) is $300 ever mentioned. And... just because the goal is $200 way back when the first one was posted, means it was only a goal.

Seriously, though: I'd be surprised if they could make any money, or even make one, period, sold at $300/each. If they could commit to larger quantity hardware purchases because they had clout, it just might happen, but it'd be useful to compare their target price and their hardware in comparison with what it costs Apple (who has a history of having sufficient volumes of purchases, and has the means to make them readily ahead of time) to make an iPod Touch, the closest equivalent in hardware capacity, since the CrunchPad as envisioned in the original article has just 512 MB RAM.

Bah, checking details is so tedious ;)

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Comment by tupp
by tupp on Fri 10th Apr 2009 18:52 UTC
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2006-11-12

"leaked" photos published of the latest prototype are nothing short of stunning.

Yes. That bezel is breathtaking!

Geez... It's just a touchscreen with a bezel -- like many other touchscreen devices.

The red one looks like an etch-a-sketch without the knobs.

Edited 2009-04-10 18:56 UTC

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RE: Comment by tupp
by RandomGuy on Fri 10th Apr 2009 21:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by tupp"
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2006-07-30

The red one looks like an etch-a-sketch without the knobs.

You made my day!

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That's it?
by gtada on Fri 10th Apr 2009 19:46 UTC
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2005-10-12

I agree with a previous post that it's not a dramatic new design or "breathtaking" by any means.

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