>The Ben Nanonote looks ideal, but I can't actually find a >source from which
to buy one. The wiki says that as of 2015 >only IDA Systems sells it, and it
appears that now they don't >sell it either.
Indeed- the domain has changed hands at some point, and the original owner
appears to have gone out of business. Sigh... the Nanonote was so beautiful,
and free to boot!
>The DragonBox Pyra looks like a good alternative. The GPU >may or may not be
nonfree. I can't find any recent >information on that. However, since I don't
plan to use the >device for games I might be able to avoid using the GPU
>even if it is nonfree.
>The Pandora, which is the predecessor to the Pyra is less >expensive and
sufficient for my needs, but I find it even >more difficult to find
information on any freedom issues.
Both are addressed in
the original source for the question on the Pyra was at
For the Pandora, do you know where units are for sale? I'd be interested in
one myself if they're still around.
>I also found this tutorial on creating a mini computer >using a Raspberry
Pi, but if this is up-to-date then is >sounds like the Raspberry Pi is
Unfortunately, the Pi is still not freed- booting goes via the GPU first, for
some reason, which requires loading the proprietary GPU blob. Work has been
done on this (https://github.com/christinaa/rpi-open-firmware), but there's a
little way to go before it's usable. I *do* hope somebody can complete it- it
would be a wonderful thing to have.
>Can anyone share knowledge about any of these devices or >others that might
As happy_gnu said, a Replicant device without a SIM card would also serve
well. There's also the PocketChip, which seems rather similar to the Pandora
freedom- and spec-wise.
>Also, obviously WiFi will be necessary for how I plan to >use this. Is it
likely that I should be okay with any >device with a USB port for a
ThinkPengiun WiFi adpater >assuming I can install the driver?
Yes- as long as the firmware/driver is installed, any wi-fi adapter will