Brussels / 30 & 31 January 2016


NemoTablet, a FOSS DIY tablet using Raspberry Pi 2

Nemo Mobile is a long time FOSS operating system. Created in 2012 as continuation to Meego Community Edition, it has been actively developed since then. The newest iteration of it is to use Glacier UI as its renewed User Interface, along with its Qt Components. These components are now used in the NemoTablet adaptation, which I will present in this talk, using Raspberry Pi2 as underlying hardware and its plethora of possible peripherals to create a true DIY tablet.

In this lecture, I will present the NemoTablet, a adaptation of Nemo Mobile as operating system, using the hardware from Raspberry Pi 2. Including a touchscreen and a miscellaneous powerbank, it is an enticing DIY tablet concept. Overall, the tablet adaptation, as well as mobile phone adaptation, have been the hilights of Nemo Mobile thus far. It is possible to extend this operating systems functionality far beyond this, as has been proven by eg. AsteroidOS, which uses Glacier UI fork and Nemo Mobile middleware for smartwatches.

With Raspberry Pi 2 introduction in February 2015, it was then possible to create an adaptation for it. This enables the myriad of functionality it offers, with its hardware provided. Initial adaptation was done originally for SailfishOS, but Nemo Mobile had the first run and checking that everything worked, before a closed system was installed. Nemo Mobile, however, was then not tried until later. The idea came once the official touchscreen by Raspberry Pi Foundation was released, so that a FOSS tablet could be built by anyone and used. Raspberry Pi 2 has non-free hardware, but Nemo Mobile itself is FOSS completely. As with all other adaptations, the questions regarding hardware freedom limitations rise for a good reason.


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