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Friday June 18, 2004
02:13 PM

Dreaming of a Wireless X11 Tablet

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I just put the first entry in my new blog at Apress. I'll keep posting here on Perl-specific topics, but more general techno-babble will go there.

My first entry concerns my plans for a wireless X11 tablet:


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  • I had a "corridor" type conversionation with someone once about a tablet form device with a stripped down feature set optimised to displaying X over a wireless link once. Touch sensitive screen, nice graphics card, low-temperature CPU, lots of RAM, probably no disks, and OS and X software in flash RAM.

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • I thought about the "no disks" option too, but it doesn't seem to be possible with cheap hardware. As far as I can tell there aren't any PCMCIA wireless cards that can do a netboot and flash RAM would require a custom device.


      • Quite, but I was dreaming of a properly manufactured device, prupose built for the job, rather than a DIY affair. I'm sure some variant of an ARM, SPARC, or MIPS processor, RAM and a minimal OS would be sufficient. Most of the work would be in the X optimised GPU, and there would be pretty much little else going on, so battery life should be good. You could probably run two or three devices at a time from the same backend server, ideal for the wireless Unix user of the future. At a push you could probably r

        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
      • What about netbooting via ethernet... and then cutting the "umbilical cord"?