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post Sep 21 2006, 05:04 AM
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intresting things have been happening latley with freescale, in 30 days (i i remeber correctly) they get sold to new owners, what this means i dont really know as i havent looked at the proposed plans if any are even avalible

anyway there was a new product on the market that was simmilar to what i had in mind in terms of casing, its a pxa270 chip (xscale) but it has wifi, bluetooth, keyboard and more.

some notable features (read must have) are:
128MB of ram
8 hour batter life
20GB drive
USB host (most likly full speed)

remeber i am mainly designing this as a portable office and have recently been eyeing the flybook and lifebook after seeing them in person however this device seems to fill 90% of what i was planning to chuck in there, the only things missing seem to be video out and a video card

anyway links:
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post Dec 7 2006, 01:49 AM
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ive been lookinng at it and i was going to use uboot to boootstrap the kexec'ing linux kernel that then boots thhe kernel/OS of your choice. cuts down the dev time and pumps up the feature set and allows you to do the entire "signed kernel" and trusted boot thing (which i aam a fann off scince i have all the keys to my device just likee you will have the keys to yoour device

i will go on record as saying that i think trusted computing is a good idea, BUT i fear that its the implemntation we have to fear and how its used. i do not belive that microsoft will lock down the machines so that you cant instaall another OS as it would be suicide. think about it microsofts poligy about getting hit by a virus is a clean install of the OS. if you restricted the bootloader in that way then it would make it very hard to reinstall the OS OR microsooft would have to find a work around which could be uused to install linux aanyway

anyway back OT, the lockdown is actually on pourpse, if a comercial entity wants to produce a loked down version then fine with me, i gave them the ability to do so and if they want it modified then who better to ask than the community. then we get a cheap source of units

its most likly that we wont be able to flash these units however there may be a work around. and at any rate i wouldd state that the price of me helping them would be accsess to the keys (which i would keep in escrow for any user who wants me too) so that i could "reset" devices. this would mean that thier keys are not publically relased but we can get cheap uniits

tthe ide is that if you haave the unlock key then you have accsess to the internal (to the chip) lash that holds the keys, you then erase the Manufacturers key and reboot, leeaving an unlocked device which you canthenfollow the normall flashing procedure

and last of all, i have no problem with DRM, its the manufacturers giving you a locked bok and the keys to open the box and saying "only open the box to listen to the music". once ou have the keys there is nothing stopping you from doing what you want hence the aurgument that at a funemental level the concept of DRM is flawed

this explains microsofts trusted boot, they dont want data "leakege" to untrusted modules. good for them, i cant wait to see the day microsoft pulls off a 100% bulletproof solution (no saracsm here) and same goess for linux. not everything works as expected, make sure you plan around it wink.gif

and while im at it i might mention that if i can i will try and make sure developers get free units, if i ma sponsered this will happen, if im not then patrtially subcidies will be more likly. ii have plans and everything is slowly falling into place
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Da_Blitz   Alternatives   Sep 21 2006, 05:04 AM
adf   very close indeed. If the PP is like this with vg...   Sep 21 2006, 12:22 PM
Da_Blitz   the port is what i am talking about, there are som...   Sep 21 2006, 10:49 PM
uMP2k   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Sep 22 2006, 04:49 PM)the po...   Sep 21 2006, 10:56 PM
Da_Blitz   thoght that this is the best place to post this a...   Sep 24 2006, 09:28 PM
Ferret-Simpson   Trolltech, Freescales new owners, Fedora (If we ma...   Oct 2 2006, 01:43 AM
Da_Blitz   acutally a number of them do provide patches for l...   Oct 2 2006, 04:35 AM
Ferret-Simpson   What the heck are you taking? You asked for compa...   Oct 9 2006, 10:34 AM
Da_Blitz   sorry missed your point at the moment i have in a...   Oct 9 2006, 04:31 PM
speculatrix   here's another ready-made PXA270 module from A...   Nov 1 2006, 05:01 AM
Da_Blitz   this one keeps on cropping up. very nice but i wou...   Nov 1 2006, 06:55 PM
speculatrix   I think the key with the anders one is that it...   Nov 2 2006, 03:23 AM
Da_Blitz   after looking at my current usggestion it seems ma...   Nov 2 2006, 03:31 AM
speculatrix   of course, you could build early units from these ...   Nov 2 2006, 04:02 AM
Da_Blitz   actually that would be no diffrent from just using...   Nov 2 2006, 05:28 AM
Ragnorok   - I think software will be a real issue for this p...   Dec 6 2006, 06:41 PM
stampsm   QUOTE(Ragnorok @ Dec 6 2006, 06:41 PM)- I thi...   Dec 6 2006, 11:37 PM
Da_Blitz   ive been lookinng at it and i was going to use ubo...   Dec 7 2006, 01:49 AM
Ragnorok   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Dec 7 2006, 09:49 AM)ive bee...   May 19 2007, 08:24 AM
Ragnorok   - House ... interference ... bktzzkt ... Norwegian...   Jan 26 2007, 08:02 PM
Da_Blitz   its funny i was looking into "bios" and ...   Jan 27 2007, 06:13 AM
speculatrix   Ok, I know we all read linuxdevices regularly, and...   Mar 22 2007, 10:20 AM
Da_Blitz   i was waiting for someone to mention that i thoug...   Mar 22 2007, 06:03 PM
stampsm   here is the manufacture's web page for the boa...   Mar 22 2007, 06:39 PM
adf   that in something the size of the koshinja (sp) wi...   Mar 22 2007, 06:57 PM
speculatrix   my Deutsche is nich sehr gut but there's enoug...   Mar 23 2007, 01:50 AM
Ragnorok   - I like it, speculatrix! A little less memor...   Apr 5 2007, 02:00 PM
morrijr   Another alternative...? http://www.linuxdevices.c...   Apr 20 2007, 05:22 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(morrijr @ Apr 20 2007, 02:22 PM)Another...   Apr 20 2007, 05:59 AM
Da_Blitz   actually its alot easier if you drop the confusing...   May 20 2007, 09:14 AM
Ragnorok   - Sorry for the term confusion. So this will put ...   May 21 2007, 09:53 AM
speculatrix   yes, I know you (da blitz) look at linux devices r...   Jul 20 2007, 01:48 PM
koen   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Jul 20 2007, 09:48 PM)yes...   Aug 5 2007, 08:27 AM
koen   Some pictures of the glomation board: http://domin...   Aug 5 2007, 08:30 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(koen @ Aug 5 2007, 05:27 PM)glomation i...   Aug 5 2007, 02:37 PM
louigi600   14x20 cm is kind of big for a handheld .... and al...   Aug 5 2007, 08:21 AM
louigi600   The one I liked best so far was the Adelaide thing...   Aug 5 2007, 09:14 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(louigi600 @ Aug 5 2007, 06:14 PM)The on...   Aug 6 2007, 01:59 AM
Da_Blitz   definattly food for thought i did manage to finis...   Aug 5 2007, 12:46 PM
Da_Blitz   very nice, just found this little device http://w...   Aug 7 2007, 02:08 AM
louigi600   It's 1/2 the size of my laptop ... and weights...   Aug 7 2007, 05:14 AM
Da_Blitz   so i would be assuming you have one then? its an ...   Aug 7 2007, 07:31 PM
louigi600   No I only have some Z's and some standad x86 h...   Aug 8 2007, 02:20 AM
koen   The adelaide looks like a nice board, but it will ...   Aug 8 2007, 04:13 AM
louigi600   Ooooops ... there we go again with the price. Whit...   Aug 8 2007, 08:27 AM
koen   QUOTE(louigi600 @ Aug 8 2007, 04:27 PM)Ooooop...   Aug 8 2007, 09:21 AM
louigi600   I changed my mind ... I don't like Adelaide an...   Aug 8 2007, 10:18 AM
speculatrix   some more interesting linux embedded stuff: http:/...   Aug 21 2007, 04:59 AM
Da_Blitz   i have seen alot of nice atmel arm refrence platfo...   Aug 24 2007, 01:07 AM
Tom61   Another homebrew machine, this time a gaming handh...   Sep 23 2007, 01:18 PM
speculatrix   hmm, I remember seeing the buglabs stuff a while a...   Sep 23 2007, 01:36 PM
Da_Blitz   i do have some stuff but its rough, and not yet an...   Sep 23 2007, 11:33 PM

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