Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 (Z2)

I added the keys, for scale.
My new toy arrived today, a Zipit Wireless Messenger 2.  This little wifi-enabled palmtop computer caught my attention because you can hax0r it to run linux.  Oh, that and it costs fifty bucks, and we had a four-year-old target gift card for just that sum, gathering dust on a shelf.  Yoink!

Okay, so I unboxed it, plugged it in to AC so it can charge, and immediately did a google search for "zipit linux."  I expected to see links to some of the hack a day posts, or linux-for-devices posts that I've enjoyed lately.  Instead, I get the company's very own portal to resources for running linux on this thing!  I mean, they even link to tons of detailed tech specs!

This is a wonderful contrast to some companies' attitudes -- who've removed linux support to placate copyright bullies.  Seriously.  Homebrew.  It'll find a way in, with or without you.  "With" is whey more fun for everyone ... just sayin'.

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