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Linux alternatives for the iPad - and the future of netbooks, tablets and smartbooks

Mar 19, 2010, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hans Kwint)

"Apart from Apple, some other companies are bringing some interesting tablets. In contrary to the iTab, those other tablets do run Linux. Some are already available, such as the TouchBook from Always Innovating (AI), and some have supposedly better screens, like the Notion Ink Adam tablet. From the info available from Sola's blog on the Notion Ink tablet, from the Wikipedia-info on the iPad and AI Touchbook and from the website of the AI touchbook I made a feature table so you can compare features. Apart from that, let's take a look at the future: What technologies are coming to this market?

"System on Chips / CPU's

"For some time, I have been following the recent developments in ARM System-on-Chips (Soc's). Probably most Apple users don't care just as they don't care about the hardware of their iPhones. The iPad is a closed device that's supposed to just work and cater to fashion minded people, not to 'tweakers' and hackers. Nonetheless, the heavy competition on the ARM SoC market is interesting."

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