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Nov 04, 2008, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kristin Shoemaker)

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"The downside for hardware hackers is that tearing into a Chumby and physically altering the hardware will void the warranty. The good news? Chumby Industries has made the hardware schematics available to make planning alterations easier. Viewing the schematics requires registering on Chumby's site and agreeing to the HDK license. However, the wiki gives a decent overview of the hardware hacking possibilities for those casually tossing the idea around.

"Chumby runs a customized Linux distribution, and there are a few ways software developers can have some fun with Chumby from recompiling the kernel for added peripheral support to widget development (though Adobe Flash Lite 3.0 is used to deliver/develop widgets, Chumby has a list of open source Flash tools useful in widget development). And of course, since Chumby is open, there are projects in the works to offer alternative ways to interact with and control the device."

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