What GUI system on nanoben?

Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 10:19:27 EDT 2009

Here's a radical idea:

consider Ben to be a toe in the water,
a proof of concept of the open
hardware development process.

Any GUI a developer chooses to put
on 32MB RAM Ben is probably a throw away.

When we have more RAM at some future
date, my money is on X.11 because it instantly
enables so many apps.

As to a Window manager, something lightweight.

Many electrons will be consumed with GUI discussions.
It's so contentious that it may deserve its own mail list.

The vital thing is to focus on shipping a reliable stable
Ben that runs the CLI. Then let a thousand flowers bloom.

Remember,  few weeds are also inevitable.
Ron K. Jeffries

On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 04:25, George Brooke<solar.george at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On Friday 28 August 2009 11:57:46 Nicola Mfb wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM, Wolfgang
>> Spraul<wolfgang at qi-hardware.com> wrote:
>> > Nicola,
>> >
>> >> Umh, I was not aware that the 32 MB is a definitive hw limitation and
>> >> hoped it may be increased.
>> >
>> > Ben will ship with 32 MB, that's final indeed.
>> > Next version (Ya) we have tons of suggestions already, more RAM of
>> > course among them.
>> The worst thingh may be in adopting an FB interface on Ben and X on Ya
>> that may result in a waste of developers effort, and for sure will
>> fail (some other experience around).
>> But are we sure X and a reasonable toolkit does not run with 32MB? in
>> the past I run it on hp ipaq 2215 (64MB), but no experience on smaller
>> memory device, some experienced angstrom users here ? ;)
> IIRC the journada 720 has 32mb RAM but that runs an icewm based GUI (jlime.com) and gkt base
> programs (may only be gtk1 haven't looked for a while).
> solar.george
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