Just that: A tablet that is open-source software and open-source hardware.
This may finally become a reality. To think that when Hackaday.io was new, and the first Raspberry Pi tablet was shown as the latest on the Hackaday feed, I had a grand plan to finish this device within a few months astounds me. Now, we have the technology! [insert clip from The Million Dollar Man] I still intend to build this device as something made out of individual boards rather than making one motherboard that held all of the components, and it will uphold all the original specifications!
Sorry for the rambling, I'll start to post as development happens.
I realize I have made no updates to this project since it's inception.... Sorry about that, everyone following. I do intend to continue this project however it does appear that I will not have the funds to complete it or even start it in any reasonable amount of time. I would like to thank everyone reading/watching for your support, but I cannot make any physical progress on it currently.
However, on the bright side, the Software has been coming along very well. I've begun development on the first release of Titanium Linux. Titanium is named for a reason. It is fast, light, and strong. A full system with theme packs and all installed, uncompressed, is just under 2.5 gigabytes small. It has unfortunately proprietary drivers and everything working as intended, in fact, it performs better than the Debian 7 from which it formed. Titanium is also using the Debian-stable (wheezy) security mixed with Debian-testing (jessie) and Linux Mint Debian Edition package repositories. It will eventually become agnostic and be capable of installing packages from many different Linux distros. The Source tool will also be implemented as the "ultimate answer" to package-management. It will mix the from-source customization abilities of FreeBSD's pkg tool with the fluidity, speed, and power or Debian's APT tool. Titanium will run the Open Tablet.
In the mean time, I'm focusing on a much cheaper project. I'll be making a tricopter and posting my builds here on Hackaday Projects. Please stay tuned for more. Thank you for reading!
I got the idea for this when on Hackaday, I saw the PiPad. It was fantastic, actually, and I considered just making one of those. Upon further looking, though, I remembered that the Pi doesn't have that much power, and it's not the most power efficient, either.
To fix that, I began doing some research. I first would need a better brain. I looked at my Beaglebone Black, which is great, and very power efficient, but, it still isn't enough 'oomph' for my tastes.
How about 4 cores? ARM big.LITTLE configuration? More than 512 Mb of RAM?
I'm looking at you, ODROID. ODROID has to be the best dev board that I can find on the market right now. It's not ARMv8, which is unfortunate, but it is a high-end ARMv7, which is much better than the Pi's ARMv6 chip. Specifically, the ODROID XU+E with the 4 A15 cores, 4 A7 cores, 2Gb of LPDDR3, and PowerVR SGX graphics accelerator, (one per core!) would be perfect. Only $200 dollars, which is not bad!
There are problems, however. The big one right now is that it has a fan. No one wants a tablet with a fan. I'll have to find a better way to cool it, and I'm thinking heat pipes.
However, I don't want to spend $200 if I haven't got the rest of the tablet (which is much cheaper, by the way) working first. So, for right now, I'm going to use my Beagleboard -xM, which will work great in the mean time.