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New Handheld Computer Is 100% Open Source 195

metasonix writes "While the rest of the industry has been babbling on about the iPad and imitations thereof, Qi Hardware is actually shipping a product that is completely open source and copyleft. Linux News reviews the Ben NanoNote (product page), a handheld computer apparently containing no proprietary technology. It uses a 366 MHz MIPS processor, 32MB RAM, 2 GB flash, a 320x240-pixel color display, and a Qwerty keyboard. No network is built in, though it is said to accept SD-card Wi-Fi or USB Ethernet adapters. Included is a very simple Linux OS based on the OpenWrt distro installed in Linksys routers, with Busybox GUI. It's apparently intended primarily for hardware and software hackers, not as a general-audience handheld. The price is right, though: $99."

Submission + - Copyleft Hardware worth it? Ben NanoNote in stores

An anonymous reader writes: The folks at Qi Hardware [http://en.qi-hardware.com/] have managed to ship their first copyleft hardware device, Ben NanoNote [http://nanonote.cc] [http://www.tuxbrain.com/en/content/%E6%9C%AC-ben-nanonote-available]. Basically an electronic dictionary turned pocket computer and running OpenWrt. Do we need copyleft hardware? A concept worth supporting or not? The NanoNote presently has no Wi-Fi, no USB Host, cannot even run Android. Any merits in copyleft hardware?

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