Build your own handheld Linux computer, like its 2001

Build your own handheld Linux computer, like its 2001

Way back in the old days, there were handheld tablet computers that could run Linux. No one is using a Compaq iPaq or Sharp Zaurus anymore. What’s a nerd to do?

If you’re Anthony Di Girolamo or Alessandro C., you grab a raspberry pi 3b+, 3D print a keyboard, and assemble your own. That is to say, there are a few variations of this kind of thing, with Alessandro building on Di Girolamo’s work.

Di Giralamo’s colorful keyboard

Let’s talk ingredients for this recipe: you’ll need a hyper pixel 800×600 display. A 3D printed case and keys controlled by a Teensy 3.2 Arduino. The whole thing runs off a 5000mAh battery.

The software configuration is a bit like using Linux back in the 2000s, at least initially — getting it to work required configuration of display drivers and Xorg, things I had thought I’d left behind years ago.

This thing is probably going to cost over a hundred to make, but the end result is a very portable, functional pocket computer. I admit, I’m tempted to build one.

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