Two examples of abandoned hardware
Posted Apr 12, 2007 4:54 UTC (Thu) by bronson
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In related, rather surprising news, the Zaurus 5500 might be viable again. The problem was its proprietary SD/MMC card reader. Sharp's closed source driver doomed the 5500 to only run Linux kernel 2.4. Since all other Zaurus devices had moved to 2.6 and 2.4 support was being dropped, it looked like the end of the line for the venerable 5500.
Yesterday Thomas Kunze announced on oz-devel that he'd managed to write a SD driver for it. Amazing! If it works, this piece of hardware that I bought in 2002 will continue to be a viable device.
Proprietary bits might not seem very bad now but, as N770 owners are discovering, they'll bite you eventually. I pity anyone who spent $400 on an N770. I can't imagine being told only 1.5 years later that the device is end-of-lifed. Personally, I'd be furious!
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