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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
There are a lot of really cool open source devices out there, but there has always been one particular piece of hardware that we’ve wanted to cover, one device that really sums up in our mind the concept of community development: the Open Pandora.
Thanks to Mark Linkhorst of Ithic.com, we were recently able to put in some serious time with the latest version of the device to see first hand how this completely community developed mobile device turned out.
The story of the Pandora really starts over a decade ago, in 2001, with the release of the Game Park GP32.
When it was released, the GP32 was nothing short of a revolution. A handheld game system built not to run commercial games (though a few were available), but instead, run homebrew games, emulators, and anything else the community could come up with. Supported by a freely available SDK, it let anyone with the hardware and some programming knowledge put out their own game.