Free software for an ARM tablet?

david at david at
Sat Jun 5 22:40:04 EDT 2010

On Sat, 29 May 2010, imm wrote:

> I don't have a voice here, but I have spent a while playing with
> Moblin (and more recently MeeGo), and also with the Android SDK's.
> (Caveat: this was for an experimental platform I have been trying
> out; I have actually written exactly 0 useful apps with either
> platform...)
> FWIW, then, I'd suggest that MeeGo is a substantially better fit for
> Sugar than Android is.

I think that this only matters if you have someone who is using Sugar 
already and you are wanting to make the best Sugar distro.

However, there is not a large installed base of Sugar users, so I think 
that having Sugar available as an option for people to run who are already 
running Android (substatute any 'poor fit' linux system here) will be a 
win as it gives people who are already running that system the ability to 
try Sugar and stick to it if they like it.

David Lang

> That's just my opinion, of course, and carries no weight, but I felt
> I had to say something here; Android seems to have a lot of buzz
> around it, but it's not really all that much like a stock linux, in
> awkward and irritating ways, and I am not persuaded of it's
> "openness"...
> (As for MeeGo, I quite liked Clutter, but it seems to be relegated to
> a secondary role now.)
> On the plus side, it does seem that all the "phone" OS vendors are
> doing a lot of groundwork to make the Sugar-style "one whole screen
> app at a time" approach acceptable to end users. Even the iPad helps
> in that regard, I guess..
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