Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Nov 2014 11:40 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

During an emotional speech delivered today at the Slush conference, Jolla's Marc Dillon unveiled the company's next product: the Jolla tablet, running Sailfish OS 2.0. He launched a crowdfunding campaign for the tablet, with a goal of $380,000 - which was achieved in less than three hours (this may be one of the fastest funding consumer electronics devices ever). I got in early, and was one of the very first people to back the tablet (just as I was one of the first to back the Jolla phone a year ago). A second round has already been announced. Big news for American readers: it'll be available in the US too.

The tablet itself is very similar in specifications to Nokia's N1 tablet, with an 1.8GHz quad-core Intel processor, 2GB RAM, 2048x1536 330ppi 7.85" IPS display, 32GB storage, and all the usual sensors and ports you have come to expect. It's quite light and compact, and has its own design - there's no way people are going to twist this one into an iPad copy.

The tablet is expected to be delivered to us early backers in May 2015, and I can't wait. Also, Mr. Dillon, keep rocking that beard.

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Nice, but not Open Source
by kragil on Wed 19th Nov 2014 12:25 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

I really don't like that they always claim that their OS is open source. IT ISN'T.

The Kernel, Hybris and Qt and some other parts are, but nearly everything the user sees is as proprietary as it gets.

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RE: Nice, but not Open Source
by JRepin on Wed 19th Nov 2014 14:32 in reply to "Nice, but not Open Source"
JRepin Member since:
2007-10-18

Yeah unfortunately not everything is opensource. Still better then other tablets though. I hope it will be possible to install Plasma active by KDE on it, as it is still the best tablet GUI I have seen so far, and it is completely opensource.

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RE: Nice, but not Open Source
by shmerl on Wed 19th Nov 2014 17:55 in reply to "Nice, but not Open Source"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

They are gradually opening stuff, and so far claimed they plan to continue doing it. I won't take this as a guarantee, but let's hope.

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RE[2]: Nice, but not Open Source
by kragil on Thu 20th Nov 2014 11:39 in reply to "RE: Nice, but not Open Source"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Oh, they call their OS open source nearly from the start and they say they will open it up for exactly that long. It just didn't happen a lot in the last 18 months.

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RE: Nice, but not Open Source
by cyber_fusion on Thu 20th Nov 2014 11:12 in reply to "Nice, but not Open Source"
cyber_fusion Member since:
2014-02-21

I know right ? It's like If linux is open source why isn't Matlab for Linux open source, or even all of the firmware binary blobs the kernel linux ships with. Kappa

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RE[2]: Nice, but not Open Source
by kragil on Thu 20th Nov 2014 11:40 in reply to "RE: Nice, but not Open Source"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Matlab does not claim to be open source, wise man.

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