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

Tony Godshall tony at of.net
Wed Apr 25 16:35:31 PDT 2012

Very cool.  May get one even though the
resolution is only XGA.

On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> 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.
> ----- Forwarded message from Chris Samuel <chris at csamuel.org> -----
> 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:
> http://zareason.com/shop/zatab.html
> I've blogged about it here:
> http://www.csamuel.org/2012/04/25/the-zatab-from-zareason-a-fully-open-source-android-or-whatever-you-want-to-load-tablet
> 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!
> cheers,
> Chris
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