Can drivers/cards transfer between x86 and other CPUs like ARM?
rick-pub at funderburgs.net
Wed Sep 27 14:47:26 PDT 2006
Andrew Lentvorski wrote:
> Rick Funderburg wrote:
>> If I was buying a device for portable Linux, I would get a GP2X,
>> which runs Linux stock. It doesn't have wifi, 3d, or a touchscreen,
>> but it is more powerful and hackable.
> Surprisingly, I have found that the lack of touchscreen is the biggest
> With the touchscreen, you have a high resolution input device. That's
> a big deal.
> However, I have heard good things about the gp2x.
Yeah, I would miss the touchscreen somewhat as well. I google'd a
little bit, but I didnt' see any touchscreen overlays for that size of
screen (3.5 inches, I think), so applying an aftermarket touchscreen mod
might be somewhat complicated. Touchscreens are good for selecting from
many objects or typing out something between one word and one sentence
long. However, if you are really using it on the go (like in a moving
vehicle or while walking), a touchscreen won't be very accurate. An
add-on thumbpad keyboard would probably be more useful for inputing
short lengths of text.
One of the recent hardware hacks was embedding a gps within the casing
of the unit. Apparently, there is quite a lot of space inside the
case. I have had the thought of embedding a bluetooth radio so that you
could use a wireless mouse and keyboard. It still doesn't completely
make up for the lack of a touchscreen, but it adds other functionality.
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