Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at
Fri Aug 19 19:45:53 EDT 2011

Zipit2 seems to be an OK little 'puter, and it dioes have WiFi and a
keyboard and a similar diosplay. People run Linux on it

>From the sidelines I'm not sure how the small community around ZipIt
compares with QiHardware, which has an exceptionally high IQ.

Be prepared to wait quite a while for a follow-on to Ben Nanonote. There are
only some casual discussions so far. There is no funding, and nobody is
working on defining the project.

If you can afford to buy a used Palm Pre2 it can be rooted, has a keyboard,
a decent screen, yada yada yada. I have a friend who works on the libre open
distro (forget which one) and he uses it as a portable SSH terminal to
control various and sundry servers.

There are other options where you can have a decent pocket Linux computer,
with net access (if that is your use case). In my case my daily driver is an
Android phone with a great sliding keyboard.

These solutions do NOT meet the requirements of CopyLeft Hardware.
But I can get done what I need to get done.

I speak for nobody, not even myself. ;)
Ron K. Jeffries

On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 16:27, <cenobyte at> wrote:

> On Fri, 19 Aug 2011 23:44:12 +0400 (MSD), kyak wrote:
>> netsurf is already ported and its SDL interface is almost not usable
>> without the mouse. keymouse somehow addresses this issue, but this is
>> still no good. gdk-pixbuf interface of netsurf could be more usable
>> without the mouse, but it's slow like hell.
>> the only working "graphical" browsers now are w3m (-img) and links
>> (-g), both ported btw.
>> On Fri, 19 Aug 2011, Vasily Khoruzhick wrote:
>>  On Monday 25 July 2011 09:14:49 cenobyte at wrote:
>>>>  Hello everyone,
>>>>  I am extremely interested in your organisation. In particular, I think
>>>>  you have a veritable masterpiece in the Nanonote line. If I may say so,
>>>>  I think I have found the "ukulele" of computers- it is small,
>>>>  marvellously capable and hard to put down, just like a uke. However,
>>>>  there are many improvements to be made, I am sure you get that a lot.
>>>>  I am interested in learning to be almost entirely self-sufficient in
>>>>  terms of understanding the inner workings of a system so I can take
>>>> full
>>>>  advantage of the famous 4 Freedoms.
>>>>  Urgent issues I would like addressed in the second Nanonote are:
>>>>  change of keyboard layout. I am guessing we have more than one mother
>>>>  tongue for people hacking on the NN. Qwerty can't possibly serve all of
>>>>  them equally well. qwerty... was cool about 100 years ago...not so much
>>>>  now, especially since we have the design freedom to think for
>>>> ourselves.
>>>>  maybe a vote or compromise can be reached...perhaps we should optimise
>>>>  it for thumb-typing...
>>>>  need of a browser. I don't need to say much here, I'm not looking for
>>>>  FireFox4 here, just something light and graphical (Minimo, Dillo, etc.)
>>> Take a look on netsurf (http://www.netsurf-browser.**org/<>).
>>> I tried it on Zipit
>>> Z2 (it's pretty similar to nanonote, just pxa270-based and has wifi) and
>>> it
>>> looks pretty good (see**
>>> 2011/04/netsurf-on-zipit-<>
>>> z2.html). Maybe someone want to make port for nanonote? :)
> Considering that the Zipit is more hardware for the money with almost 2x
> the cpu power and wifi, do you think it's worth getting one to hold me over
> until the new nanonote comes out? What OS do you run on the Zipit? Have you
> been locked into a contract? It has baffled me how netsurf is so broken on
> Nanonote, it took me by surprise because I used to run Firefox BonEcho on my
> HP Jornada with same RAM and a 206 mhz ARM chip. However, I think that's the
> way things are, at least for now.
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