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post Mar 24 2008, 06:49 AM
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I was offered recently a small and nice Linux PDA Phone. It has a 2.4 QVGA touchscreen, Quadband GSM, Bluetooth, Camera and runs Qtopia Phone Edition. Some experimentation has shown that it is possible to ftp/telnet into the device. And, it weights just 90g and is only approx. 2/3 of the size of the Neo 1973 although the display isn't much smaller. What do you think I should do?

-- hns

Edit: some photos are shown here: http://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showto...st&p=175686
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post Mar 31 2008, 09:52 AM
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The device has got a name: Letux 380

Dear all,
now it looks achievable that we can really get this nice device as a "Letux 380" for everyone!

First of all it is a real device and I have made some more experiments over the weekend like shooting photos and doing phone calls. The device comes from China and I am in contact with the manufacturer. Fortunately, they are willing to give a little technical support and they want to have a sales partner who can do end-user support for 3rd party software. Because they did not have such a partner yet, they hesitated to open the software, although they have designed the device specifically to be an open PDA/Smartphone, i.e. to allow 3rd party software.

Fortunately, I can now tell a little more about the specs:
  • QVGA touchscreen display (2.4 inch)
  • Quadband GPRS Class 10
  • TI OMAP730
  • 1.3 Mpix camera (can record MPEG4)
  • 90g incl. battery
  • talk time up to 240 min
  • standby up to 200 h
  • 1020 mAh battery
  • 64MB ROM (internal flash) - I don't know if we can install a different kernel or rootfs
  • ca. 46 MB "internal storage" and 12 MB "mobile storage" as one vfat and one ext3 partition (e.g. for settings, music, videos, etc.)
  • 64MB RAM
  • T-flash slot, 1GB T-flash memory card
  • Bluetooth
  • Handsfree
  • USB
  • Qtopia installed, with Dialer, Contacts, Calendar, Opera, MP3, MPEG4, Java, ... - works out of the box
  • based on Linux 2.4.20 (plus patches) - this is mostly binary compatible to the Zaurus!
  • universal charger (100-240V, 50-60Hz)
What we have tested is:
  • there is FTP access built in
  • it is possible to install/start telnetd and OpenSSH (binary taken from the Zaurus version) to get a remote shell
  • more complex binaries and libraries work (main issue is that /bin and /usr are readonly so we have to mangle $PATH and $LD_LIBRARY_PATH)
  • busybox is a little spartanic
Now come the issues: We need to purchase a production lot of at least 1000 units from the manufacturer. This also means that 1000 units have to be sold within approx. 6 months.

The production lead time is approx. 45 days, so the devices will be available by end of May 2008 if we order soon. The price will be in the range of 249 - 299 EUR (incl. 19% German VAT and 2 years warranty) or 300 - 350 US$ (if we ship to outside Europe with only 90 days warranty) - depending on the currency exchange rates when we order.

We will also install a Wiki and a mailing list specific for this device so that we can share ideas, tricks, tips, i.e. how to install additional software and build a community around it.

But for doing that through my company (http://www.handheld-linux.com), we need a partner (preferrably with a rich uncle and within the European Trade Community) to prefinance the stock and help with manging the project. So, if you are interested yourself or know someone who is, please contact me through a private message.


So, what do you think - should we continue? Do you think it is possible to distribute 1000 units at the given specs? Are you interested yourself in hacking this device and adding 3rd party software? Or do you know projects that need such a small and nice Quadband PDA platform?

-- hns
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post Apr 1 2008, 01:37 AM
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QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 06:52 PM) *
[*] based on Linux 2.4.20 (plus patches)


Seriously, WTF?
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post Apr 1 2008, 01:49 AM
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QUOTE(koen @ Apr 1 2008, 11:37 AM) *
QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 06:52 PM) *
[*] based on Linux 2.4.20 (plus patches)


Seriously, WTF?
Hi koen,
there is an old rule in professional IT: never touch a running system...

Yes, this is not the newest breed, but it is available and simply works. For users and applications developers in the user space the differences between 2.4 and 2.6 are not that large. So, why change it?

Of course, there is a lot of difference for driver developers and kernel hackers...

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QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 1 2008, 10:49 AM) *
2.4 and 2.6


I think the issue is that if you're starting with a new device, you want to start with the latest kernel in order to take advantage of all the activity that surrounds it. Ok, sure, 2.4 is stable, mature etc, but it's also not really going anywhere. 2.6 is pretty stable, so there's no reason to not adopt it, and by not adopting it you exclude the hard-core hackers who will be testing the bleeding edge for you! Very few people, in handheld/embedded linux, are actually capable and willing to port 2.4 drivers to 2.6.
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QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 1 2008, 12:10 PM) *
QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 1 2008, 10:49 AM) *
2.4 and 2.6


I think the issue is that if you're starting with a new device, you want to start with the latest kernel in order to take advantage of all the activity that surrounds it. Ok, sure, 2.4 is stable, mature etc, but it's also not really going anywhere. 2.6 is pretty stable, so there's no reason to not adopt it, and by not adopting it you exclude the hard-core hackers who will be testing the bleeding edge for you! Very few people, in handheld/embedded linux, are actually capable and willing to port 2.4 drivers to 2.6.

Let's say it that way: it is a new hardware design based on a mature chipset and software. So, there is no need to do more testing. There is also no need to invest time or money or both into switching to 2.6. If we look how stable Openmoko is, it would be a long way to go until it would be end-user ready again.

Surely, it is therefore not a device for hard-core kernel hackers. For them, an Openmoko will suit better. But how many kernel hackers are there compared to application developers and end-users? 1% or less?

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dhns   Letux 380: Small And New Linux (qt) Phone To Come   Mar 24 2008, 06:49 AM
Dromede   Motorola A1200?   Mar 24 2008, 07:23 AM
dhns   QUOTE(Dromede @ Mar 24 2008, 04:23 PM) Mo...   Mar 24 2008, 07:50 AM
canguy247   Mail it to me...   Mar 24 2008, 07:45 AM
dhns   QUOTE(canguy247 @ Mar 24 2008, 04:45 PM) ...   Mar 24 2008, 07:51 AM
zmiq2   no 3G? then you shouldn't consider it ...   Mar 25 2008, 03:02 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 12:02 PM) no 3...   Mar 25 2008, 03:05 AM
zmiq2   Nowadays, for a mobile equipment, I find it more u...   Mar 25 2008, 05:00 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 02:00 PM) Nowa...   Mar 25 2008, 05:08 AM
zmiq2   Uhm.. I see But if all connectivity I have is blu...   Mar 25 2008, 05:17 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 02:17 PM) But ...   Mar 25 2008, 05:23 AM
zmiq2   And for plain phone calls and SMS Linux has no rea...   Mar 25 2008, 08:33 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 05:33 PM) And ...   Mar 25 2008, 11:42 AM
dhns   So, here are some photos. What is your impression?...   Mar 26 2008, 12:00 AM
speculatrix   a very interesting device. if you take the battery...   Mar 26 2008, 04:05 PM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Mar 27 2008, 01:05 AM...   Mar 26 2008, 11:02 PM
stupkid   On a completely different subject, did you find th...   Mar 27 2008, 09:00 AM
dhns   QUOTE(stupkid @ Mar 27 2008, 06:00 PM) On...   Mar 28 2008, 12:28 PM
dhns   Here, I have two screen photos showing text input ...   Mar 29 2008, 01:09 AM
LinuxGadget   Finish?! And the company is ... SCNR   Mar 29 2008, 06:52 AM
dhns   QUOTE(LinuxGadget @ Mar 29 2008, 03:52 PM...   Mar 29 2008, 08:53 AM
dhns   The device has got a name: Letux 380 Dear all, no...   Mar 31 2008, 09:52 AM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 06:52 PM) [*] b...   Apr 1 2008, 01:37 AM
dhns   QUOTE(koen @ Apr 1 2008, 11:37 AM) QUOTE(...   Apr 1 2008, 01:49 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 1 2008, 10:49 AM) 2.4 an...   Apr 1 2008, 02:10 AM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 1 2008, 12:10 PM)...   Apr 1 2008, 02:35 AM
speculatrix   the kernel, AIUI, in openmoko is pretty stable. al...   Apr 1 2008, 02:45 AM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 1 2008, 12:45 PM)...   Apr 2 2008, 08:52 PM
LinuxGadget   Sorry dhns, i really appreciate your efforts aroun...   Apr 3 2008, 08:58 AM
dhns   QUOTE(LinuxGadget @ Apr 3 2008, 06:58 PM)...   Apr 3 2008, 09:10 AM
HoloVector   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 2 2008, 11:52 PM) QUOTE(...   Apr 3 2008, 09:46 AM
dhns   QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 07:52 PM) busy...   Apr 2 2008, 08:50 PM
speculatrix   a year or more ago I'd have been very interest...   Mar 31 2008, 01:02 PM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Mar 31 2008, 11:02 PM...   Mar 31 2008, 11:01 PM
Jon_J   QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 12:52 PM) [[*] ...   Mar 31 2008, 02:22 PM
koen   Missing in 2.4: * decent powermanagement * decent...   Apr 3 2008, 09:44 AM
speculatrix   OK, one final reason to use kernel >= 2.6.23 ? ...   Apr 8 2008, 12:57 PM
dhns   Generally, I see the benefits of a 2.6.x kernel, b...   Apr 8 2008, 10:02 PM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 07:02 AM) The 2....   Apr 8 2008, 11:40 PM
dhns   QUOTE(koen @ Apr 9 2008, 09:40 AM) QUOTE(...   Apr 9 2008, 12:11 AM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 09:11 AM) PS: th...   Apr 9 2008, 07:58 AM
dhns   QUOTE(koen @ Apr 9 2008, 05:58 PM) QUOTE(...   Apr 9 2008, 08:17 AM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 05:17 PM) QUOTE(...   Apr 10 2008, 12:53 AM
daniel3000   Yes, that's the old discussion... I definitely...   Apr 9 2008, 01:55 AM
dhns   QUOTE(daniel3000 @ Apr 9 2008, 11:55 AM) ...   Apr 9 2008, 03:07 AM
Ragnorok   QUOTE(daniel3000 @ Apr 9 2008, 09:55 AM) ...   Apr 9 2008, 12:02 PM
speculatrix   2.6 is a proven kernel for an embedded mass-market...   Apr 9 2008, 02:22 AM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 9 2008, 12:22 PM)...   Apr 9 2008, 03:03 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 12:03 PM) Let...   Apr 9 2008, 04:43 AM


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