A while ago I saw a small portable Nintendo 3DS XL sized Computer and thought “this is great, I should get one when it is more refined”. Well patience did not really happen and I ordered it already without waiting for Version 3 (no release date at all yet), because it is definitely good enough for my purposes as is, and I might need to use something more mobile soon.
Here is a short Wikipedia Article about it:
Ofcourse the first thing I did when I got it in the mail today was installing Kubuntu asap. I noticed only minor Issues that I was able to fix later, such as the Monitor being in vertical Mode by default for some reason (I assume it’s a Cellphone Touchscreen). Made the install process a bit annoying, but afterwards I was able to switch it back to the proper direction, and I also fixed the Touchscreen with xinput.
There was a ton of other Configurations I had to make but those were more related to Kubuntu and not the Hardware. Like Powersaver Mode not recognizing the X-Box Controller Buttons, or Pulseaudio constantly switching to inactive Audio Sources whenever I attach the USB Dongle to the thing.
Since it is mobile and I didnt have any partitions or wrong drives to worry about I tried out whole drive encryption, and that worked fine. Perfect for backing up Data in case of an emergency.
The Cooling Fan is not as loud as I thought it would be, and the Air blows out the back and bottom, so it wont hit your hands at all in most cases.
It has a Keyboard, and its a surprisingly nice one at that. Though I have to see how to fix that the Right Alt Key is actually Left Alt, and Left Alt is also Left Alt, so it has two Left Alt Keys. I know there is some settings in Kubuntu for that. Though I suspect they might not work in this case.
So far I am half done installing everything. Already installed Steam and tried Sonic Mania and Enter the Gungeon. Both work to make it short, as long as you dont toggle back and forth between Mouse and X-Box Controller Mode. IRC Client, Firefox Bookmarks and VPN Settings are also carried over already.
Steps that are still missing would be permanently fixing the Touch Screen (didnt fix the startup script I wrote for that yet), transferring a bunch of random installers and Music over that I want backed up, setting up Wifi and installing the Noto Font in its entirety (that’s a huge file an OS installer would usually not include).
Also gonna need to get a Nintendo 3DS XL protective case for it, as it is almost the exact same size so it would fit in it.
I think that was all I wanted to say about it so far. For what I got it for it is awesome, but ofcourse there is a few aforementioned things that would be a nice improvement. ^^