[clug] DreamBook?

Sanders King sanders at mupanda.com
Thu Dec 2 17:18:57 MST 2010

I just bought the L11 tablet from Pioneer.  They advertised it pre-installed
with Ubuntu.  I asked them about it and they said that everything worked
except multi-touch.  Upon arrival I find that the touch screen doesn't work
at all with Ubuntu and now they tell me that touch is not supported by them
at all.  (No touch on a tablet!!  They no longer advertise the L11 with
Ubuntu pre-installed.)  They refuse to take it back and I will have to take
legal action to get any satisfaction.  They want me to install Windows.

So two things:
  - I don't trust Pioneer when it comes to after-sales support.  They've
lost me as a customer for ever.
  - Has anybody actually got the touch screen working on the Pioneer L11
with Linux?  Is there any chance at all?



On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM, Robert Edwards <bob at cs.anu.edu.au> wrote:

> On 03/12/10 10:34, Angus Gratton wrote:
>> On Thu, 2010-12-02 at 17:20 +1100, Robert Edwards wrote:
>>> Anyone on the list seen or have any opinions of the DreamBook Android
>>> tablet currently being sold in Big-W for $188? 7" touchscreen, 256MB
>>> RAM, 2GB SSD etc. etc.
>>> Worth buying?
>> Not really.
>> It appears to be the same WonderMedia WM8505 chipset as the Eken M001
>> $99 tablet and a few of the others, just with more RAM.
>> If that's the case, I've spent a lot of time messing with these things
>> (I got Froyo to mostly run on mine last week) and they're not a
>> particularly good device at $99, let alone $188.
>> In fact, Ars Technica reviewed a similar (possibly same) model sold in
>> the US @ $99US as the "worst gadget ever"
>> http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/reviews/2010/11/worst-gadget-ever-ars-reviews-a-99-android-tablet.ars
> Yep, the Maylong M150 reviewed by Ars Technica looks identical to the
> DreamBook for sale in Big W. I'll stay away...
> Congrats on getting Froyo going on the Eken M001. I still have my
> SmartQ R7 running Ubuntu - clunky but does the job. I might be able
> to make it to Dickson College next Tuesday. What time are you all
> going to be there?
> Cheers,
> Bob Edwards.
>> Funnily enough, many of the problems are software related (missing
>> kernel support in particular.) I actually wrote an open letter
>> encouraging Wondermedia to release their docs/code so the current
>> community efforts can be more successful, and the products can suck
>> less:
>> http://projectgus.com/2010/11/open-letter-to-wondermedia-technologies/
>> I'm told the letter has apparently been forwarded on to them by someone
>> with contacts at the company, but I'm not exactly holding high hopes.
>> Someone mentioned the Tegra-based tablets, and I think these will be
>> really interesting - looking forward to seeing reviews when they come
>> out. The Viewsonic Viewpad 7 that was announced for Australia yesterday
>> also sounds good, if only because it has a capacitive touch screen
>> instead of resistive.
>> Regards,
>> Angus
>> PS If anyone is interested in messing with these things for general
>> hacking's sake, I was going to bring mine (I have two tablets and a
>> netbook, related chipsets) to the MHV meeting next Tuesday at Dickson
>> College, and show what I've been doing to mess around with them. Plug
>> plug. ;)
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