View Full Version : TechCrush's Cheap Internet Device

July 23rd, 2008, 10:36 PM
So I was out surfing the net and I saw a story on slashdot (http://slashdot.org)about TechCruch (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/21/we-want-a-dead-simple-web-tablet-help-us-build-it/) wanting to make a inexpensive open source (as in software and hardware) Internet table. Quote from the article:

The idea is to turn it on, bypass any desktop interface, and go directly to Firefox running in a modified Kiosk mode that effectively turns the browser into the operating system for the device. Add Gears for offline syncing of Google docs, email, etc., and Skype for communication and you have a machine that will be almost as useful as a desktop but cheaper and more portable than any laptop or tablet PC.

This sounds like a very good idea, and I would be willing to buy one if not two. I also think Ubuntu's MID edition (http://www.ubuntu.com/products/mobile) would go very well with it. What do you guys think?

July 23rd, 2008, 11:19 PM
I think the market will soon be flooded with all manner of portable devices.

Mandriva are involved in a new one: http://club.mandriva.com/xwiki/bin/view/Main/GDiumInfo?language=en

July 23rd, 2008, 11:21 PM
That thing's probably intended for a different audience than myself, but I'll still be holding out for the Pandora (http://www.openpandora.org/).