I’ve recently been searching to replace my laptop (2010 MBP) with something a bit more lean and portable and I stumbled on this video about porting Ubuntu to a 2013 era tablet. Interestingly, I did some digging and can’t really find any modern day equivalents to the Asus Nexus tablets. Commercial tablet that can boot a Linux OS like Debian or Ubuntu without much hassle.
Spec wise it’s relatively close to a Raspberry Pi 4 but with a large screen, but sans useful I/O. I added a flag to my local buying/trading page and waited. Yesterday a 2013 era Nexus came up for sale a few blocks from my house at a very cheap price (much less than a Raspi 4), so I figured why not and grabbed it. I’m in the process now of porting Ubuntu to the device. Ideally this could be nice portable platform for developing SC scripts, or a portable recording interface. I’m still generating ideas for how I want to use this.
It made me ruminate on all the consumer junk that circulates out on craigslist, kijiji, ebay etc. The Nexus is a uniquely open device, but surely there music be some electronic music application for discarded kindle, or Fire tablets, or android cellphones. They are ubiquitous, cheap and accessible and use familiar tech like the STM32 chip family. There must be some use for all this junk! Wonder if anyone else had thoughts along these lines