Is Linux The ANSWER???
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@k_o_t@lemmy.ml
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ppl be like

excuse me, why is this completely new tablet that runs linux designed by small startup in china not price competitive and isn’t as good as this tablet from a company that’s worth trillions of dollars and has been designing tablets for a decade 😡😤

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It’s like all the tech journals harping on Fairphone for being as expensive as a flagship phone for a midrange performing phone.

Like, you do realize that the entire goddamn point of the Fairphone is that they don’t engage in cost cutting measures that are unethical or reduce the longevity or sustainability of the product, right?

Bilb!
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That’s all that matters from the point of view of most consoomers though- is it good and is it worth the price? And for most people, nope, probably not.

I think most people buying it though are like me, i.e. linux-using nerds willing to spend a bit to get something unique in the market.

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Pretty sure this thing can’t run mainline. They have compiled binary blobs in there. You won’t be distrohopping anytime soon

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That’s the issue with most ARM SOCs. We really need more mainline compatible ARM (or mass market RISC-V) chips

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That’s the issue with most ARM SOCs. Same problem AFAIK with the Raspberry Pi and Pine64 products.

I don’t think so. Those all have mainline support. I know pinephone and librem 5 does. Modem has some propriety blobs in there but there is already working FOSS replacements.

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I stand correct then. I wonder what the problem is with the JingPad in that case. Like, is there some weird hardware or chip that they’re using that only has proprietary drivers? Or are they just not making their own custom hardware drivers open source?

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Most soc drivers are closed sourced and compiled into the kernel. Not exactly sure how it works. Thats why ubuntu touch went the route of just creating a layer in between.

Sometimes someone writes mainline drivers like the soc in the oneplus 6 recently.

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Most soc drivers are closed sourced and compiled into the kernel.

The biggest pitfall of a monolithic kernel is the security implications of these drivers.

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Software seems early days and I doubt the SoC is really the bottleneck as Anthony makes it out to be.

But $700? yeah… makes it a hard sale for what it offers right now.

Maybe in a year or two after further software improvements.

@camccar@lemmy.ml
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It doesn’t even have rotation.

Bilb!
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There are definitely some rough spots. They intend to have rotation working soon, but I was surprised by that omission as well.

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Probably a DE issue. Hope it’s not an accelometer driver issue though.

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i agree, i think the price is way too high but if they can actually get the desktop apps to work then it may be a pretty good cross over machine.

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