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Hackable Linux clamshell goes on sale for $99

Mar 17, 2010, 07:04 (3 Talkback[s])
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"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 products.

"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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