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#1 OFFLINE   abarbarian

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:23 PM

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A relatively new name in the tablet-space is PengPod, made by Peacock Imports, a Florida, US-based outfit. The PengPod tablet runs Linux on ARM/Allwinner SoC hardware.
So instead of just running a pure Android tablet, you get the option to run your favorite Linux distribution and Android in dual-boot fashion, provided your Linux distribution has an edition for the hardware.

http://shop.pengpod.com/

Neat. So for $160'ish you get the top of the range PengPod with a case and keyboard and 32 Gb of storage. You can use Android or GNU/Linux. Sounds like a winner to me. :breakfast:
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

Neat tablet but I would not go as far as calling it "top of the range" as it only has a single core cpu:

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At the heart of the hardware is the Allwinner A10 system-on-a-chip that boasts a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 ARM core, HD video co-processing, 3D acceleration, and HDMI among other impressive specs..
http://news.cnet.com...k-on-indiegogo/

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The Allwinner A1X, known under Linux as sunxi, is a family of single-core SoC devices designed by Allwinner Technology from Zhuhai, China.

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The Allwinner A1X kernel source code is available at https://github.com/l...nxi/linux-sunxi. At the moment stable support is limited to 3.0.x kernels.

http://en.wikipedia....i/Allwinner_A1X

That is a big issue since most distros use at least the 3.2 kernel or above and stable is up to 3.7.8. Heck even Debian is past the 3.0 kernel (3.2.0.4 as of late) and that is saying a lot. So you may be able to install Linux on this but it will be a heavily modified or a very old version.

As far as being able to run Linux, that is really neat but at the same time, you can do that with the Nexus 7 and other tablets as well.

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Nexus 7:
KDE Active Plasma: http://ruedigergad.c...ion-on-nexus-7/
Ubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu....s7/Installation
Bodhi guides:
http://hblok.net/blo...nux-on-nexus-7/
http://jeffhoogland....or-nexus-7.html
http://forums.bodhil...rum/40-nexus-7/


Application that lets you install Ubuntu or Debian on most tablets: https://play.google....onandroid&hl=en

I think this would be a great tablet for $99 but $160 seems a bit steep for a tablet with that old of specs. I just wish that they would come out with a Linux tablet with good specs. The Linux kernel already supports top of the line tablets like the Nexus 7 so we just need the distro devs to start officially supporting these mobile devices. Currently Ubuntu and others are working hard to support mobile devices like tablets and phones. Already you can install Ubuntu on the Nexus 7 (as mentioned above), the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 phones:  http://www.pcmag.com...,2415514,00.asp

Pretty soon, you will be able to install a lot of distros on tablets and phones.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

I meant the top of their range. The price I gave was wrong for their top modle.

However as you pointed out it does seem to be limited for installing linux so maybe not such a good deal.Good marketing on their part as many folks will not know about its limitations till they buy and try to install a modern linux which is a sort of a con in some ways.

The Nexus 7 you are using for comparison retails for around $400 here so at $124 lower end and $194 top PengPod with a case and keyboard still seems like a reasonable price if you are happy with Android and an older linux.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

View Postabarbarian, on 16 February 2013 - 03:08 PM, said:

The Nexus 7 you are using for comparison retails for around $400 here

Wow mine was only $199. https://play.google....microsite&hl=en

Are they more expensive because of where you live? I know the difference in the dollar versus the pound but the Pingpod prices are in Dollars as well.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

http://www.google.co...ved=0CAwQ_AUoAw

Looks like they are for some reason(thanks Cameron and Cleeg for the import tax). I must be missing a brain cell today it should be $297 as a rough conversion and guide. :'(
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:49 PM

interesting!! *reads more*





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