[conspire] (forw) ZaTab from ZaReason - a fully open Android tablet

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Apr 25 11:36:54 PDT 2012

ZaReason is (or, as the Aussies would say, 'are') in Berkeley.
CyanogenMod is the best completely open source Android rebuild for
smartphones.  This is thus an option very strongly meriting
consideration if you are looking for a smartphone.

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Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:29:07 +1000
From: Chris Samuel <chris at csamuel.org>
To: luv-main at luv.asn.au
Subject: ZaTab from ZaReason - a fully open Android tablet

Hi folks,

I originally sent this to the Melbourne Free Software Interest Group,
but I reckon this would be of interest to others on this list and so
I'm reposting here.  Apologies to those who get duplicates!

The US company ZaReason who build Linux systems (and are currently
investigating opening a store in New Zealand) have been working on a
fully open Android tablet for some time now.   Well it's now appeared
on their website for pre-orders (unlinked from the rest of the site,
but tweeted about) here:


I've blogged about it here:


summarising what I've learnt from their tweets and from their site,
plus noting that the status of their GPU driver is unclear (there is
an open source driver in development, but its maturity is claimed to
be low).

The tablet ships with CyanogenMod 9 and an unlocked boot loader.  I
would presume it doesn't ship with the Google Apps as they're not open.
I've asked via Twitter if they plan on having F-Droid installed by default.

Timely given the interest in free software Android devices!

 Chris Samuel  :  http://www.csamuel.org/  :  Melbourne, VIC

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