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MJ Technology Tablet has openSUSE, Dual Boot

November 22nd, 2016 by

It’s official; the Warrior Tablet made by MJ Technology and powered by openSUSE is ready for the world; now it just needs funding through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Avid Linux users can reap the benefits of four 10.1” Linux tablets offered by MJ Techology. The specifications of the four tablets vary in power and cost, but all come with the power of Linux and openSUSE at the core.

“MJ Technology, a leader in affordable cutting edge tech, is pleased to introduce the MJ Technology Warrior series tablets powered by openSUSE,” said Mark Jun, CEO for MJ Technology.

The preinstalled image on the Warrior Tablet Series is GNOME on openSUSE Leap, but users are welcome to change/reinstall/use Tumbleweed/etc. Any hardware support will be upstream via the Open Build Service and will not impede different usage patterns, so there is no lock-in, which gives the user choice.

The tablets offer dual boot for Windows 10 or use openSUSE Leap as a sole operating system for personal use. System administrators needing to manage multiple servers remotely can fulfill needs with the World’s First actual Made-for-Linux x86/x64 Tablet.

“We are excited about the implications this tablet has for openSUSE and the greater Free and Open Source Software communities,” said Richard Brown, chairman of the openSUSE Board. “openSUSE has always been an advocate for inclusion and this tablet offers an approach to have a Made-for-Linux x86/x64 Tablet running other popular Linux distributions.”

The four Warrior series tablets offer either the Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8750 or x5-Z8350 processor and users have the benefit with openSUSE to choose what desktop environment they want.

MJ Technology, through its crowdfunding campaign, seeks to raise $100,000.00 for the factory start-up and initial tooling costs to help bring the tablet design to the world market. Eight developers and engineers with a combined 50 years in mobile technology fields made the devices work seamlessly and are planning to improve aspects of the design going forward as well and bring other distributions to the tablet; openSUSE’s distribution is just the beginning. Once the openSUSE powered tablet is successfully funded, expansion to include other distributions as well as improving features and functionality will begin.

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10 Responses to “MJ Technology Tablet has openSUSE, Dual Boot”

  1. shut up and take my money!!
    Really great!!

  2. cchoowee

    Sounds interesting. Hope you guys get some traction.

  3. Usmc8997

    Have one of MJ’s earlier tablets and it’s still working like a champ…can’t wait to get my hands on these upgrades.

  4. plj

    I love to have one.
    But I wait to see if it really materializes.
    After my Sailfish tablet order fiasco I will wait till it is in a real shop and not have the risk.
    Of course this one should have a finished software stack, assuming the board support stuff is standard Intel.
    But their lack of professional communication is not promising.
    According to the indigogo page the tablet will be delivered on august 2016, they posses the time machine :) ). And the configurations and prices are completely different between their website and indigogo.

    • Jmthomas

      You are looking at the old IndieGoGo campaign they did last spring. Here is a link to the current one:

      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/first-true-linux-x86-and-x64-tablet/x/9309083#/updates

    • plj

      I still think they should get there act together before they release to the web.
      This doesn’t suggest a really professional company. Even Jolla which already delivered a cell-phone successfully could pull of a tablet, so what can this unknown company do. And now I ready they already have track record:

      http://phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MJ-OpenSUSE-Tablet

      I hope I’m wrong, and probably order one if so. :) And immediately put KDE plasma on on it, instead of gnome.

      • jmthomas

        MJ Technology has proven they can deliver. They previously brought out a 7″ Android tablet with a HDTV tuner built into it. I have one and really like it. It has Android 4.2 on it. Yes, it is an older release, but when it was designed, that is what the chip supplier was willing to support. As a small travel tablet for me on my Harley, it works quite well for me. It has a solid build with an aluminum case, and the battery lasts a good 4-5 hours on Android, 2-3 watching TV depending on distance to the TV station.

        So they have shown they can bring a product to market. Watch the videos on the Indie campaign page and on their FB page. They have been showing the development of this tablet for that last year or so.

        As far as that Phoronix article you posted, that was a complete hatchet job. The writer tried to link MJ Technolgy with the failed Ubutab scam, which was a bold faced lie.

        Look up “Ubutab tablet” on Google and you will find that it was single girl from Minnesota running the scam. Sad part is it is STILL up on IndieGoGo for some reason.

        It was pretty obvious he had no clue about their previous tablet, and had no interest in seeing this tablet succeed, especially since he couldn’t even reference the specs correctly.

        He was probably a BQ-10 buyer and had a bit of buyers’ remorse. :-)

      • qantas94heavy

        openSUSE chairman Richard Brown commented on their previous campaign on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/openSUSE/comments/5e39d3/corwdfunding_a_tablet_designed_and_tailored_for/da9xd7p/

  5. jc

    Who wants a tablet? That’s the problem with KDE these days. It’s all about touch at the expense of being useful.

    • jmthomas

      Actually, I have tried out the latest KDE on a cheap 8″ Windows tablet, booting from a USB stick. WIth a bit of tweaking, I can see KDE working pretty well on a tablet using touch input. Is it perfect? Not quite, but it isn’t that bad, just needs some tuning.

      If KDE hadn’t dropped it with the last couple releases, the KDE Plasma Netbook desktop would be about ideal for a tablet, since it isn’t menu-centric like the standard KDE desktop. Toss in a reliable on-screen keyboard like On-Screen, and you have a very useful interface I think that would be perfect in this 2-in-1/tablet device.