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Spark pre-order registration is open!

Posted in english, Software, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by NachtVorst

I just put in a registration at to pre-order the Spark tablet!

From Aaron Seigo’s blog:

Spark tablet pre-order registration is now open on the Make Play Live website.

This is a huge and exciting step forward for the project as it starts to bring our logistics together.

By registering now you will help us gauge initial demand so we can serve that demand appropriately. When order processing open, you will receive an email with the order link and a priority order code which will jump your order to the front of the line.

We will also have a little gift waiting for you in the Make Play Live store. 🙂

Over the next two months we will be unveiling more and more about Make Play Live on the website. Fun things like the Spark logo and branding will be unveiled; but important information will also start to appear, such as how you can get involved as an app developer, how to join our logistics network on the retail side and further details on our long term roadmap. I’ll of course keep you all in the loop here on my blog as things move forward.

Head on over to Make Play Live to register your interest now and help us spread the word around the ‘net and amongst your friends. Together we can make Spark a terrific success and show the world how great an open device experience can be.


Spark Tablet Update and Answers

Posted in english, Software, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2012 by NachtVorst

Aaron Seigo posted an update on the Spark Tablet, basically a  Zenithink C71 running the Plasma Active interface on Linux (Mer in the case, the continuation of MeeGo).

Pre-order registration starts next week, with actual shipping expected in May. Aaron seems very committed to keeping things very open and Free, even though not every part of the software will be Free at launch, that is simply not possible yet. The ‘market’-client will be GPL’ed at release, encouraging others to make their own implementation, the back-end for the ‘market’ will be opened once it’s been proven to work well (or if the whole thing fails miserably, let’s hope not). 3G and GPS won’t be available on the first models, but I could live with that, though it would be a nice bonus.

Minor bummer is that Aaron is not sure if the HDMI-output will work well at launch, but at least he’s open about it. I’d really like to use that output to hook the Spark up to a TV or my pico-projector. But in the very worst case, if the software flops completely, it’s still an option to install Android on the device, I’ve even seen a video of the tablet running ICS (Android 4.0).

Finally, a Tablet with Free Software!

Posted in english, Tech with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2012 by NachtVorst

Just read the announcement by Aaron Seigo, one of the most respected KDE developers, that the Spark will be released soon for €200. It will be the first tablet computer running completely on Free software!

Aaron Seigo. This is exactly how I looked after seeing this announcement \m/

The device will have the Plasma Active interface (KDE for mobile devices and TVs) running on an open Linux stack on unlocked hardware. The device is probably an A9 Zenithink ZT-280 C71, a pretty decent little tablet for the price with the following features:

  • 1 GHz ARMv7 (Cortex A9)  processor with Mali-400 GPU
  • 7″, 800 x 480, 5-point multi-touch capacitive display
  • 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Flash, micro-sd slot
  • WiFi and 3G
  • 1080p HDMI output
  • 335 grams

I’m using a similarly type of tablet (slightly bigger and faster) and it’s good enough for most things you’d want to do on a tablet, but I really do miss an HDMI output on mine, and it runs Android, which is certainly less Free then a pure Linux stack.

I really hope they pull this off and I’ll order one as soon as it’s available!

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