Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cheap, open source web tablet with ebook capabilities?

The guys over at TechCrunch have decided that it is high time we had a small, lightweight web tablet that does not cost an arm, a leg, and a firstborn child. The idea they came up with is to design a whole system from the ground up, including developing the operating from Linux or BSD with an integrated Firefox browser and other software, and designing the hardware, and then to open source the whole thing so that anyone can build it.

They are looking for ideas, investors, and help in the design, so if you are interested in making it happen, go sign up! I sent the main developer an e-mail with the suggestion that they integrate some sort of eBook reader into the mix, preferably Mobipocket (though that would have to run in Wine). This type of device would be perfect for reading eBooks, including school textbooks, etc.

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