Hackable Linux Clamshell Sells for $99

Wednesday Mar 17th 2010 by Developer.com Staff
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Qi Hardware starts shipping its hackable Linux clamshell for $99.

Former members of Linux smartphone Openmoko project have begun shipping their hackable Linux-based "copyleft" clamshell for $99.

It's called the Ben NanoNote. Eric Brown at LinuxDevices.com said it's an ultra-mobile PC, clamshell PDA, palmtop, or a low-end "smartbook" - you decide.

"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," Brown reported.

Because Ben is a copyleft device, Qi Hardware is "completely opening up the NanoNote's specs and schematics, but also publishing a full hardware and software roadmap for the device," Brown said.

Qi Hardware's President Stephen Mosher, "Democratizing hardware design is a big challenge but I know it invigorates the community."

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