Linux Tablet Gets Detailed In Q&A

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We reported last week on the new Linux-based tablet named Spark. KDE developer Aaron Seigo revealed more details on the device in a Q&A on his blog.

The most pressing question for those interested in the tablet is finding out when they can buy one. Seigo says that pre-order registration will open up next week. The Spark starts shipping in May 2012. They have to take into account the technical issues like the content add-on store and packaging design before they are ready to ship.

The device will be available worldwide, but they will be focusing on Europe primarily at first. They will be able to ship worldwide from day one, but they are looking for distribution partners outside of Europe to make obtaining one easier.

The device can be customized to suit the user’s needs. The software is completely open allowing the user to alter it to their needs. If people are looking to use a lot of the devices for work, they are even offering to ship them with customizations pre-installed.

We already know the majority of the device’s innards from the initial unveiling, but Seigo offers more details on the hardware. It will have a 1.3 megapixel webcam, 800x480 screen resolution, two USB ports, a microSD slot and a 3.5mm audio jack. It has standard Wi-Fi at 802.11 b/g.

For those wanting 3G and GPS, you’ll have to wait. Those features are not in the first run of the device. They do plan on bringing those features to future Spark models.

For those hoping for high-end hardware, they are already looking at potential components. They will create more powerful versions when market demand catches up.

Users will be able to create add-ons using common Linux development programs. They will also be able to add them to the store to sell.

There is no official Skype support for the device, so video calls will have to be made through Linux alternatives.

There are a few more developer-centric options detailed on the blog for those interested. The Spark is already shaping up to be a Linux user’s dream device.

Lastly, he confirmed that the Spark will indeed blend. That's at least one area where the Spark can stand on equal footing with other tablets like the iPad.

What do you Linux users think? Will the Spark be a worthwhile investment? Let us know in the comments.