Who thinks a Linux ARM tablet with Java SE and JavaFX is a good idea ?
By David Clack on May 12, 2012
So it's been awhile since I blogged, I've been busy with my colleague Tom Karbowski investigating the whole world of ARM, Linux and tablets.
Well because of the great work by Tom we now have a three tablets that don't run Android anymore.
We have a Freescale, Nvidia Tegra 2 and Marvell powered tablets that run our version of Open Embedded Linux, they both run Java SE Embedded for ARM fine.
Tom took the JavaFX code for Linux and cross compiled it for ARM.
We still need to deal with power management of the tablet, but Tom has got most of the hardware working, touchscreen, wifi, USB, ethernet.
Our plan is to work with Canonical (Ubuntu) to replace our Open Embedded as we are the Java Guys not Linux guys, I'm going to try a Canonical Linora build for the i.MX53 on the Freescale tablet next week, this will get use the Unity desktop instead of the XFCE we currently have.
We will be demoing most of this at The Freescale Technology Forum show in San Antonio Texas the week of June 18th, Oracle is a Gold sponsor of this event, so if your in the area come and see us at the show.
I'll be blogging more about building a commercially available Linux tablet as we go through the process.