[LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly

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To: linux-audio-user <Linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 9:17 am

Hello dear all.

I'm thinking about purchasing some device that is portable, better if
it has a touch screen.
I would love your opinion and maybe know about some devices I'm not
aware yet that are Linux-friendly or have standard components.

The possibilities are:

Netbook / Barebone / UMPC / Headless-Board devices:
* pros: portable, powerful, versatile, multipurpose, you can use
almost any repository and distro (x86/x86_64 arq.), multiple
connections, compatible HW out-of-the-box, UMPCs (Ultra Mobile PCs)
have touch screens
* cons: some don't have (touch)screen, some don't have HD, you need
peripherals (mouse, keyboard), poor HW compatibility (touch screen one
of the cases), ARM sometimes is not enough for audio

Tablet, Mobile:
* pros: GUI really touch-driven, don't need peripherals, multi-core
chips, some companies have Android tablets but they also publish
Debian/Linux images for the device you could tweak (Archos), HW
is/could be Linux compatible if it runs on Android, USB compliant HW
should run
* cons: limited power (ARM sometimes is not enough for audio), don't
have typical Linux-audio SW and repositories, scarce quality
audio-apps, proprietary connectors, you have to develop a mobile
version of your apps, latency is an important issue on Android

I guess our friends at Indamixx surely had to deal with something like
this at the time, and now there's even more choices with a flood of
portable touch devices everywhere.

Thanks all in advance.

P.D: Here are some examples to illustrate:

* Netbooks:
http://eeepc.asus.com/

* UMPC:
- http://www.umpcportal.com/products/Viliv/X70%20EX/

* Headless-Board devices:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/
http://pandaboard.org/
http://beagleboard.org/

* Tablet:
- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00422XOEG/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=...
- Debian in Archos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGnkzAiuhUk&list=PL281A181403192C58&featu...

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Carlos sanchiavedraz
* Musix GNU+Linux
http://www.musix.es
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[LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly, Carlos sanchiavedraz, (Thu Nov 29, 9:17 am)
Re: [LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly, Jeremy Jongepier, (Thu Nov 29, 10:49 am)
Re: [LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly, Carlos sanchiavedraz, (Thu Nov 29, 11:00 am)
Re: [LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly, Patrick Shirkey, (Thu Nov 29, 10:03 am)
Re: [LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly, Carlos sanchiavedraz, (Thu Nov 29, 10:57 am)
Re: [LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly, Carlos sanchiavedraz, (Thu Nov 29, 11:33 am)
Re: [LAU] Portable/Touch devices Linux-friendly, Carlos sanchiavedraz, (Fri Nov 30, 8:07 am)