I'm looking for a portable, lightweight device to do some programming on. Up to now the natural choice would have been a notebook but with Tegra 3 tablets due in a few weeks the necessary performance is coming to something even more "mobile". As a programmer I got hundreds of interesting pdfs, even the university gives out the courses as pdfs. To read a text, a tablet sure is more comfortable than a notebook. I'm intrigued of the thought of relaxing on the sofa reading and being able to test the code at once. Of course android - I'm not talking of an ipad - is just a consumer platform and not intended to code on. Yet I've seen videos and tutorials how to set up ubuntu on an ex-android tablet such as the asus transformer or samsung galaxy tab 10.1 . However, no offence meant, I've learned that everything with linux is due to become difficult. You have to configure and tweak for hours. Therefore my questions:
- Has anybody of you ever used linux on arm ?
- Do you know about driver support for arm ? tegra 2/3,...
- Did you ever use an arm linux for programming ? What about eclipse, netbeans,.. Are the arm builds officially supported ?
Frankly: Am I running into some serious problems or will it work fine? I'm not a linux master but wouldn't mind some initial problems. I just don't want to get stuck with something really difficult.