"A startup that includes former members of Openmoko has begun
shipping a hackable Linux-based "copyleft" clamshell for $99. Qi
Hardware's Ben NanoNote incorporates Ingenic's MIPS-compatible
336MHz XBurst Jz4720 processor, 32MB SDRAM, and 2GB NAND flash, and
offers a 3-inch, 320 x 240 display.
"Named after "Ben" (本), which means origin in Chinese,
the developer-focused Ben NanoNote could be considered an
ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), clamshell PDA, palmtop, or a low-end
"smartbook." Qi Hardware says the device, which will be upgraded in
the future, is the first in a planned line of NanoNote-branded
"Launched by former members of open platform Linux smartphone
vendor Openmoko, the company is aiming to go even further than
Openmoko in opening up its platform with "100 percent copyleft"
licensing (see farther below)."
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