Low-cost Aakash tablet

Some of the guys are enthused about the $35 Raspberry Pi Arm board:

Which reminded me of something else that I came across recently, a $35 tablet:

More info:

That $35 price is the discounted price to students in India. Regular price is $50, and about $60 when it goes on sale to the public.

Posted on 13 Oct 2011, 8:42


Posted on 13 Oct 2011, 14:27 by Sage
..speaking of which, was profoundly disappointed by this morning's news that Oz has stopped the sales of the Samsung 7.1. Someone has to stand up to these US bullies and we'd looked to our more robust colleagues downunder to take up the cudgles. Most of the SW and HW inside modern electronics is 'stolen'. Patents exist but they are almost worthless against the US$. Inventors rarely see reward for their innovation - it's been that way since Gates started steeling DOS code. As for the Samsung tablet, it's innards are common property worldwide. Only the unnecessary case designs can truly be claimed as Jobian. Furthermore, the unwelcome US Law on SW patents is not and should not be recognised by RoW.

Posted on 13 Oct 2011, 17:49 by Raffy
PI Ecology
The Raspberry PI is good because it can become the core of an ecology of devices that are essentially do-it-yourself. Also, current devices can still be used with it (SD card, monitor, USB keyboard/mouse).

PI will be a standard build so the drivers problem will be minimal.

Puppy's lightness has promise to make the PI quite useful (even at P-II 300 MHZ equivalent speed).

Svartalf has joined the forum to help development.

Posted on 13 Oct 2011, 19:34 by Sage
300 MHZ
...is this the same ARM chip that I mentioned a year or so ago in connection with my tiny Elonex/Trendtec/aka? At that time, was pestering BK to look seriously at ARM devices! I use my diminutive machine for checking my wired networks as it has an RJ45 port, something that is still missing from all mobile phones, presumably because they need to invent a mini-RJ45?

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 14:39 by JohnMurga
Furm support
Just spotted that Raffy posted here.

OK, I am pretty excited about the The Raspberry PI HW too.

To be able to give people something that will turn their TV into a decent Puppy machine for a few bucks is too good to pass up :-)

Apparently Raffy will be sending Barry the HW to play with.

I am also willing to donate HW (at least 3 pieces), to members of the forum who can aid in development for the platform ... I will also have a go myself.

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 14:49 by 8-bit
wanting one
I am not an OS builder, but what can I say but for the price, I would like to have one to tinker with.
But I also am relatively sure that some US distributor would jump that suggested retail price a lot further up.
I seem to recall the "One Laptop per Child" project and that the initial price was increased in a hurry.

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 22:22 by qkall
adequately funded
well one of the creators of the project is a higher up at broadcom and they have pretty much insured us the prices will remain 25/35 per unit. but maybe i'm just being optimistic.

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 23:13 by Raffy
BCM2835 System-on-chip
To answer Sage, the hardware is BCM2835 (System-on-chip). It promises a higher graphics processing performance compared with older ARM chips.

Posted on 15 Oct 2011, 8:44 by BarryK
Aakash home site
A home site for the Aakash now exists:

Gee, I like these accessories:

Posted on 15 Oct 2011, 19:26 by Sage

Hardly a ringing endorsement!

Posted on 20 Oct 2011, 5:10 by Bryan
cheapest tablet
Aakash is the first government initiative in the crowded tablet market in India, with more than a dozen Indian and multinational tablet makers vying for a share of the three-lakh-units-a-year market.

Posted on 29 Oct 2011, 11:00 by Raffy
RaspberryPI - Puppy is IN
Puppy is in, see Liz' comment.


Raffy Mananghaya on October 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm said:


Of course the Puppy Linux community’s tail is wagging at your references to Eben as “bushy tailed” :)

Hope that you will reserve one board for Barry Kauler, our chief dev (URL: http://bkhome.org/bkauler/ ) - I will pay for it.

Raffy Mananghaya on October 29, 2011 at 12:25 am said:

Addition: For developers who want to have fun with the cutting-edge Puppy Linux @ 113 MB, see here.

We do love kids, puppies and fruits. :D

liz on October 29, 2011 at 12:28 am said:

You guys are right at the top of the list for the pre-production run – we’d love to see Puppy running on Raspberry Pi. (And you are also in the class of people who don’t have to pay – cue giant storm of outrage from other commenters.)