1000x 本 NanoNote

Yesterday (24.02.2010) Qi-Hardware1 proudly announced their first product of copylefted hardware – Ben NanoNote – which is now released to the public. The first batch of 1000 NanoNotes is produced. They are shipping and in stock in Hong Kong, Europe and India!2

Now, Qi-Hardware’s masterplan is to sell their 1000 units. Actually they have to sell them, because they spend $180.000 until now, without earning any money (as stated in chapter two of the “[Company] Weekly Update 6/2010”3)

So, if you are an opensource enthusiast, interested in a miniPC/PDA like gadget with 100% opensource hardware (a.k.a. copyleft hardware), running 100% opensource software, which offers a lot of opportunities to run all sort of software on it, go for it!

Get a Ben NanoNote and help Qi-Hardware to finance their current and future efforts in the opensource hardware business:

Official Shop: http://www.nanonote.cc

European Distributor: http://www.tuxbrain.com
German Distributor: http://www.pulster.eu

1 http://www.qi-hardware.com

2 http://en.qi-hardware.com/pipermail/developer/2010-February/002114.html

3 http://en.qi-hardware.com/pipermail/developer/2010-February/002114.html

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Android Impressions

Just flashed Android to my Freerunner…

I didn’t think it’s that easy!

It’s just like flashing a normal Om2008.12 or SHR image. You don’t have to use a special bootloader (if you use koolus 1,9MB kernel). But remember to prepare a uSD-card before starting Android.
All necessary files and a step by step guide can be found here: http://forum.koolu.org

Android really isn’t usable at the moment. SHR or Om2008 gives you much more functionality. But i had to test it =).

Some pictures…

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Google released Android source

Android is now fully available under an opensource license. This was annouced by Google today. I’m very curious how much this will influence the Openmoko project and how long it takes until we can test Andorid on the Freerunner.

Today I’m very proud to announce that we are releasing the code that went into that same revolutionary device. Let me present Android: the first complete and highly functional, mass market, Open Source mobile platform. Built with and on top of a bunch of Open Source software, this is one of the largest releases in the history of FOSS. Our goal was to make millions of terrific phones possible, to raise the bar on what people can expect from any mobile phone and to release the code that makes it possible.

Google’s announcement is here: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com

And the Andorid-Source there: http://source.android.com