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AllLinuxDevices: Looking at Microwindows: Under the Hood of the Freepad

Jul 21, 2000, 19:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"Curious about the upcoming Linux-based Freepad? Though release dates haven't been specified, German company Dosch-Amand and Norwegian company ScreenMedia have released specifications for a wireless webpad. Opera Software is subcontracted to provide the browser component for the unit."

"Weighing in at a scant 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds), the device will come in two models: one bearing a 10.4" LCD, the other with a roomier 12.1" display. The screen is touch-sensitive, and won't require a mouse or special stylus. A Cyrix Media GX processor will provide the processing power required to run embedded Linux OS."

"At the moment, not much more is available than a homepage for the project with links to the companies involved and some pictures of prototypes of the unit. Regardless, though, of whether the unit ever sees the light of day (or retailers' shelves), it runs in part on the strength of Microwindows: a graphical environment already making big waves in the embedded community. If you're curious about the building blocks of an embedded Linux device, or just want a peek at how one works underneath the friendly interface, Microwindows is as good a place to start as any."

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