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Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense as lightweight PIM server on VIA ARTiGo

From: Pen-Yuan Hsing
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense as lightweight PIM server on VIA ARTiGo or Lemote Yeeloong?
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:56:23 -0500
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Thanks for the link, their computers look very cool and fun to use. But for my current goal of using it as a lightweight PIM server, the touchscreen, bluetooth, etc. seem a little like overkill. On the other hand, the next time I am looking to buy a portable device, I would definitely consider it, it the hardware supports fully free firmware and software.
Thanks again!

On 2010/10/22 00:30, Jason Marinaro wrote:
Hi, if you want, check out the website I have already pre-ordered a
smart book, because I feel that this company's products could be
tailored to free software specs eventually, and by buying this product,
support the future of this company.

On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 05:57, Pen-Yuan Hsing <address@hidden
<mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:

    I would like to set up a tiny form factor groupware server
    (including calendar, tasks, and contacts functions) for personal
    use, in my attempt to untangle myself from Google and have a more
    Free computing experience.

    For the groupware software, I am considering Citadel
    ( and SOGo
    ( And of course, I would like to
    use gNewSense as the operating system. Anyone has tips on setting
    either Citadel or SOGo in gNewSense?

    On the hardware side, I am looking at the VIA ARTiGO A1100
    with the following specifications:

    Mainboard: EPIA-P820
    Processor: 1.2 GHz VIA Nano (64-bit)
    Memory: 2 GB 200-pin DDR2 800 mHz
    Graphics: VIA Chrome9 3D/2D AGP Integrated Graphics
    LAN: VIA VT6122 10/100/1000
    Audio: VIA VT1708S 8 channel HD audio
    Wireless: VIA 802.11 b/g (not sure what model number)
    HDD: Transcend 32GB SSD or OWC Mercury 40GB Extreme Pro SSD

    Here's what I am wondering:

    Are the software and hardware solutions I stated above Free (as in
    Freedom)? I know gNewSense is, but what about hardware support for
    the A1100?

    IF the hardware is not fully free, is there a viable alternative of
    a similar, tiny form factor? Perhaps something similar to the Lemote
    Yeeloong but not a netbook? If the Yeeloong is the only way to go,
    please let me know how I should set it up.

    Please let me know either way, and if there is an alternative please
    show me where to find it?

    I have asked this question on multiple forums and received NO
    replies for more than a week.....


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