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“The PineNote is a tablet with a 10.1 inch grayscale E Ink display and pen support,” reports Liliputing.
“It’s designed to be a hackable, Linux-friendly device and it’s one of the latest products from the makers of the PinePhone and PineBook line of devices.”
First introduced last summer, the PineNote began shipping to developers in limited quantities in December. Now it’s available for anyone to purchase for $399 — no invitation required. But it’s probably only a good idea to buy one if you’re a developer or very early adopter because there’s very little software available for the PineNote so far. At this point, Pine64 is shipping the PineNote without an operating system installed. It will have only a bootloader, allowing developers and enthusiasts to load their own software… [D]evelopers have already made some progress in getting builds Alpine and Debian Linux to run on the E Ink slate, and according to Pine64, there are ports for NixOS and other operating systems on the way.

There’s already a partially working display driver, but it’s still a work in progress. The goal is to allow developers to port mainline Linux operating systems and applications to play well with a monochrome display with a slow refresh rate. Developers have also figured out how to enable support PineNote’s touchscreen, audio playback, and USB port, making it possible to use USB keyboards, storage devices, and other peripherals.


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