Is the FZ-X1 Open enough for OpenBSD?

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  1. Karl Klammer

    Karl Klammer Notebook Consultant

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    Hello fellow toughians,
    I'm playing with the thought of getting myself a RISC-based OpenBSD or NetBSD handheld, just for the hack of it.
    This thread sounded interesting at first, but didn't yield the relevant information: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/rooting-fz-x1-and-toughpads-in-general.788275/

    So... How open are the FZ-X1 and FZ-E1 in terms of
    - TrustZone @ Snapdragon
    - Custom (OS) setups?

    I'd also love to hear suggestions & dmesgs of similar / competing tough, risc-based handhelds.
    Doesn't need to be fast, stylish or new. (well at least armv7 - maybe some mips? ppc? sparc?)


    BTW: I'm writing this on a cf19 from a whirlpool, which I highly recommended to do during this cold, dark season.
    This makes me wonder if & how air bubbles would influence the fz-x1 immersion depth/ip rating ;-)
     
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    I have nothing to say other than to let you know I read this..
     
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    Hi Shawn,
    thanks for the reply. It's very meta, which made me laugh ;-)

    Any fz-e1/x1 users out there willing to take android/windows device manager screenshots?
    highres pics of the boards would also be great. (SoC names, chip labels etc pp)
     
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    Intel Toughbooks with Intel wireless run BSD very well. That I can attest to. TrueOS being my preferred flavor of BSD. I suspect that the other BSD versions would do the same. On RISC or Android, you might have issues, but you might find a version compiled for those CPU options.
     
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    Hi Kent,
    thanks for reply.
    Yes, cf19/30s run BSD great. I've written a Guide for OpenBSD on cf19mk3 and mk6 over at TBT.

    I would really like to use some handheld-ish formfactor with a non x86 processor, which is why I began looking into the ARM-based toughbooks.
    I couldn't find much valuable information though.
     
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