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Comment: Re: How much RAM? (Score 1) 197

by miknix (#44772845) Attached to: Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

Aha, the UI was in Portuguese. I thought the language depended on your login and was not hard-coded into the blog, guess not!
Regarding not being able to leave a comment there, can you provide more info? I checked through all the settings and everything seems fine. You just need a Google or OpenID login.

The keyboard (YAMAHA PSR E-333) has a generic USB MIDI connection (no wave audio, just midi), it works perfectly with the usbmidi kernel module and is shown as a bidirectional MIDI device in ALSA. I can record MIDI events from the keyboard using (for example) Rosegarden and also use the keyboard as a general midi output (instead of timidity++). For someone who just started messing with this, I find it pretty cool.
By the way, since ALSA is also used in Linux/ARM, I expect that it will work the same way.

I was wondering if I could actually use my phone (since it has a MHL connection) instead of a beagleboard/cubepc/raspi. The thing is I need both the HDMI and USB ports but they are both in the same connector : \

Comment: Re: How much RAM? (Score 1) 197

by miknix (#44754769) Attached to: Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

I was not planning creating one but maybe that would be cool. I'll setup something tonight then,. I'll drop the link here, maybe you guys have some good ideas.

Basically I want rosegarden and timidity to work. I didn't check yet if rosegarden can be built for ARM. Timidity can be built for ARM.
Regarding the distribution, I'm going to create something dedicated using Gentoo.

  Then I'll need to find a good input device. I thought about using a cheap resistive touch panel over the LCD. But maybe that's not the best. A mouse is out of the question.

Comment: Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (Score 1) 246

by miknix (#44454619) Attached to: Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

What part of "using another completely different OS." didn't you understood? :P

I completely "understanded" [sic] exactly what you said,

I see what you did there :)

and you confirmed what I presumed, that at least *most* of your "powerful skills" (super elite k00l p0werful skillz) would be there on OS X too.

The kernel reference was not to make me look l33t but rather make the distinction that I could hack Linux (the kernel) but not the OSX's kernel. However I just did a quick read and now realize than Darwin's kernel was opensourced by Apple..
Still, I cannot do other goodies as getting my Linux disto to run everywhere, including my router and toaster. - LOL

Comment: Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (Score 1) 246

by miknix (#44446817) Attached to: Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

right now, the problem is getting the processing power of a mid-range laptop into a tablet form factor is very expensive, or even not possible. you think that will last forever, especially considering the r&d that is going into miniaturizing components for phones and traditional tablets?

The way I see it, the problem is not really the miniaturization of components or even the available processing power. It is the energy storage technology (more specifically the maximum energy density) which is not quite on par with the power rating of our electronic devices :)
But I agree with you, we have seen quite a few novel approaches right here on /. Maybe...

Comment: Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (Score 1) 246

by miknix (#44446781) Attached to: Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

The pro is a regular PC which comes with comes with an uncrippled version of windows 8 and can have other operating systems installed if you with.

That is interesting, did not know that. I thought all of them were Windows RT. Well, with the prices down, one day if I ever find the need to get a tablet, I'll also consider the surface pro, given that Linux is supported well enough on it. : )

Comment: Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (Score 1) 246

by miknix (#44446667) Attached to: Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

Besides that, I developed powerful skills by using GNU/Linux which would be lost by using another completely different OS.

What "powerful skills"? Obviously this won't convince you, but I *presume* you're talking about CLI stuff like scripting/programming/regular expressions, etc. You can do all of that in Mac OS X too, with 'real UNIX' alongside the GUI.

What part of "using another completely different OS." didn't you understood? :P

OSX is similar enough I should be fine with it, even other *BSD flavors. By powerful skills, yes I was referring to CLI, scripting, etc.. AND also being able to patch up software as required, even the kernel (yes I do have drivers and patches accepted in kernel.org, I'm not talking it out of my ass).
But to be honest, I'm really tuned into Gentoo Linux - sometimes its painful to work on anything else. : ) That's why I have Gentoo boxes everywhere, at work, in the laptop, in the server, *heck* even inside the little Intel NUC at my parent's place (they love it). At some point even inside my router :P

Comment: Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (Score 1) 246

by miknix (#44446427) Attached to: Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

I've been using GNU/Linux exclusively

no curiosity or interest in using latest version of Windows.

Where do you work?? Asking for a friend...

I work in a private research laboratory, the OS and development tools are up for me to choose. Though you make it sound like it is that hard to find a company which uses non-windows boxes - it is not. For example, I have plenty of friends using Linux at work, though, the most common type of job where you find Linux is software development for service systems and of course, system administration.
So no, I am not living inside my own distorted reality field if that is what you are wondering.

If the surface or Windows RT were such great devices, then explain me the ridiculously low sales?

Are we talking about the device or the operating system? The device never had a market at its initial price point.

Sorry I was talking about the device.

Comment: Re:A tablet isn't a PC. That's the point. (Score 1) 246

by miknix (#44437019) Attached to: Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

Have you used that operating system? Anytime someone makes this claim it really seems like they are just one of the 'sheep' out there just passing on someone else's misinformed judgement.

I don't need to use it to know that it isn't a OS made for me. I've been using GNU/Linux exclusively during the past 8 years and I love it. Besides that, I developed powerful skills by using GNU/Linux which would be lost by using another completely different OS. Again, I'm happy and I have absolutely no curiosity or interest in using latest version of Windows.
Now I know Windows RT behaves a bit more like iOS. But then again, I don't have any tablet, and for now I do not have intentions of buying one. One day, *if* I find the need to buy one, I would probably go to Android (or the Ubuntu tablet if it ever shows up) because it is a platform that is the most compatible with GNU/Linux. I'm not going to buy a tablet only to have problems syncing contacts or even simple things as transferring files between the devices (yes, Windows Mobile I'm looking at you). I also have absolutely no interest in creating a Microsoft Live/whatever account or using any of their services.

If the surface or Windows RT were such great devices, then explain me the ridiculously low sales?

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