By having one of the two operating systems installed in the device's internal memory, the other on the SD card, the PengPod tablets will offer simple dual-booting. According to the PengPod creator, an active community is working to make the devices far more efficient.
Say hello to the PengPod 700, a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet, with bootable Linux SD Card (News - Alert), built-in camera, one USB port, headphones and built-in speakers. Placed as an earlybird special for 99 dollars, the seven-incher is now sold out.
The PengPod 700 is now listed at $120 with an estimate delivery of January 2013.
Built to run with Linux from an SD Card, the PengPod 1000 is a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen Android (News - Alert) tablet and is listed at $185. Every PengPod device is capable of running from internal flash or booting from an SD Card.
Using a Linaro root file system, PengPods have access to most standard Linux packages available for ARM (News - Alert), with software including LibreOffice, XBMC, VLC, LXDE, KDE and Gnome. The KDE Plasma Active interface is used to make the Linux version touch-friendly, and the Android version uses Android 4.0.
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Its efforts continue to raise cash. With 20 days left to reach $49,000, the project has raised $11,313. The software engineer behind the tablets, Neal Peacock, is on a mission to satisfy Linux users who would prefer a tablet running "real" Linux – the idea behind the PengPod tablets.
With the money raised, Peacock says he intends to offer a central repository of A10 specific packages, fix up the tablet related features and create images and guides to make these devices even better.
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