It’s been more than a year since KDE developer Aaron Seigo announced plans to build a tablet designed to run open Mer Linux and the KDE Plasma Active environment. The Vivaldi tablet project’s hit a few speed bumps since then, but this week the team has a mostly working prototype.
The latest model is based on the EOMA-68 computer module from Rhombus Tech. That means that if and when the tablet ships, you’ll be able to remove a single card with the processor, memory and storage and swap in a new card to upgrade the tablet without replacing the screen, display, or other components.
Right now the Rhombus Tech team is working on a card featuring an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. But Aaron Seigo says the goal is to use a more powerful dual-core version in the upcoming tablet, which is currently code-named “Flying Squirrel.”
It’ll probably be an ARM Cortex-A7 chip like the Allwinner A20.
While there’s no official launch date or price for the tablet yet, the founder of the Rhombus Tech initiative has posted a video showing Debian 7.0 running on an EOMA-68 card with an Allwinner A10 chip. It’s not a super-speedy device, but it’s capable of driving basic desktop Linux software including the Midori web browser.
He also hinted that the Flying Squirrel currently sports a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display (the same screen used in the original Amazon Kindle Fire), although the specs could change by the time the tablet is ready to ship.
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