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Posted Sep 21, 2011 21:02 UTC (Wed) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Sep 22, 2011 5:21 UTC (Thu) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582)
The transformer looks like a very nice device. The chroot should work fine on it (with adjustment to the vncserver resolution), especially if the 32GB internal storage includes a sizeable linux-friendly filesystem or can be repartitioned -- but in any case, the device seems to include an SDcard slot and you can always run the linux chroot off that. Of the current devices out there, I'd go for it (I especially like the included keyboard dock).
My tablet, the Adam, is sold online-only by a rather weird and secretive company, Notion Ink. Its big advantage is its transflective (Pixel Qi) screen, which lets me switch off the backlight when the ambient light is bright enough (and keep it at minimum brightness otherwise), and is very readable in sunlight. But in all other respects, the Transformer would seem a much nicer device.
The chroot'd XFCE currently displays on vncserver and I view it with an android VNC viewer. But there is a project to develop an X server for android: I'm hoping to get that working soon.
Posted Sep 22, 2011 6:06 UTC (Thu) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359)
That is - unless you can find with with a serial number below B70
Posted Sep 22, 2011 6:22 UTC (Thu) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582)
Asus are shutting off a potential market by doing this. If they were smart, they'd do exactly the opposite: get an official, polished linux chroot running, and market the thing to scientists as a scientific tablet-computer.
Apple were smart enough to see how attractive the Unix roots of Mac OS X were to scientists, and macs have taken over the formerly linux-dominated academia...
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