Using PIC32 sounds like a challenge, it would be in the same ballpark than the original 200LX performance wise?
This is the board I ordered: http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/fubarino-sd-p-1265.html
PIC32MX440F256H - 256K Flash, 32K RAM @ 80MHz 32-bit MIPS core
While the RAM is lacking, it should be enough :) the case will likely be vacuum moulded, I've experience doing that when I use to make portable consoles from hacked SoC's, but the prototype will be 3D printed for sure.
Fubarino SD chipKIT
Little bit better ;)
It's only for prototyping to be honest, I'm likely to end up wiring up my own PCB with the chips myself, to give me more flexibility in shape and speed, but for now this will do to get it started!
Just throwing thoughts on a wall, waiting to see, that sticks.
I'm guessing the battery life is probably around 7 hours or so. Again, take this with a grain of salt :)
Considering it is all in a developer preview state at this point, this isn't a big deal but may be important information for anyone thinking about buying a nexus 7 right now to be used as a native Ubuntu device.
Thank you for this comment. It shows how RMS was correct; when people think "Linux", they should really be thinking about the kernel inside the computer. This is what handles "drivers, etc" that you were talking about. a Linux Distribution (normally referred to as GNU/Linux, because it has a full GNU system alongside the kernel) can have a branding such as Red Hat, Debian, or Ubuntu. A similar situation exists in the BSD landscape as well; FreeBSD and Apple's MacOS share kernels (Darwin was based off FBSD's kernel), but you're really just using a branded version of Berkeley Systems Distribution.
Ubuntu provides a GNU/Linux distribution (though they seem to be anti-GNU overall) with the latest stable kernel they can get away with. Any distribution with a kernel of the same version will have the same hardware compatibility with "drivers, etc".
Unity is not the only touch interface. Plasma Active and Enlightenment both have touch interfaces that make Unity pale in comparison.
It works better than expected (no crashes, slight lag but nothing serious), and I can do 50 wpm on the cheap keyboard (after some extensive remapping), which surprised me (my average speed on a full keyboard is around 100 wpm). I've typed and LaTeXed a few papers on the thing, and just yesterday I built R from source for a biostats class.
Related discussion from 2 weeks ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6975202
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Exnyos with 2 GB of RAM for $59.
I just found out about this board, but it appears pretty impressive for the price. Has anyone used it?
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However, totally agreed on the cool factor of the project!