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Who Opened Pandora’s Box?

Filed under: Linux Hardware — at 9:36 am on Friday, September 12, 2008

I was reading my RSS feeds and happened to stumble across the OpenPandora. Until now I’d never heard of the OpenPandora, and had no idea what it was. Its actually a cool little device which they claim is the most powerful hand held computer in the world. Here are the specs from OpenPandora.Org

* ARM® Cortex™-A8 600Mhz+ CPU running Linux
* 430-MHz TMS320C64x+™ DSP Core
* PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware
* 800×480 4.3″ 16.7 million colours touchscreen LCD
* Wifi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth & High Speed USB 2.0 Host
* Dual SDHC card slots & SVideo TV output
* Dual Analogue and Digital gaming controls
* 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
* Around 10+ Hours battery life

The CPU is a decent speed, and the OpenGL supported video means the video will probably run better than it did on my old Toshiba laptop. While this is aimed at gamers, the console could be a good device for students or people who currently own Nokia N770’s, N800 or N810’s that are not satisfied. Although I wouldn’t use the gaming controls and it has a touch screen I can see why they put them in if they are going after a gaming crowd. If they want to get taken seriously out side of the gaming industry they may want to make a version that does not have the controls. They have some cool video demos available on their blog (here they are in case they get buried:, It still looks like they need to tweak it a little bit and make a graphical interface but even still it looks awesome.

It’s currently available for select developers and pre-orders on September 30th for about $330 USD and I really hope that this takes off. So if you’re asking who opened pandora’s box, OpenPandora did!

More Hardware to add to my collection. Toshiba Tecra M2

Filed under: Linux Hardware — at 1:23 am on Monday, December 10, 2007

If you read my post about my Toshiba Portege 4010 you would know that I mentioned in their that it was a little too slow. I couldn’t do the things I needed to do, such as virtualization or play Quake3. So for an early Christmas present to I sold my Toshiba Portege 4010 and I purchased a used Toshiba Tecra M2 laptop. The specs are pretty decent for the amount I paid for it.

CPU: 1.7GHz PM
RAM: 512MB (Needs upgrading)
HD: 40GB -> Upgraded to 100GB
Graphics: GeForce Fx 5200 toGo 64MB.
Media: CDRW-DVD Combo, Firewire, USB 2.0, 2PCMCIA Card Slots
Network: 10/100/1000 B/G Wireless

The battery life is not as good as my old Portege 4010 but with the time I save by not waiting on the CPU I can normally get my Quake3 I mean work done in time to find a power outlet.

The Tecra M2 has excellent support for Linux. The only thing thats not supported that I’m working on is the SD Card reader. This is the same situation as the Portege’s as they use the same hardware.

I’ll be making a post for any body wanting to run a real Linux distribution on a Toshiba Tecra M2.