SlateKit Base OS Released For The Nexus 7 Tablet
Written by Michael Larabel in Qt on 18 May 2014 at 10:27 AM EDT. 2 Comments
SlateKit Base has been released for the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. SlateKit Base is a basic Linux OS with just having Qt5 running off a frame-buffer. SlateKit Base is very simply designed and within the Qt5 environment is designed primarily for use with QtWebKit-based Slate web-browser.

The SlateKit developers have written in this morning to share that SlateKit is working now as a drop-in replacement for the Android UI stack and can be used for making a custom tablet UI using just Qt/QML, JavaScript, and the Chromium-based code. SlateKit Base has now been ported to run on last year's Google Nexus 7 tablet as long as it's rooted with ADB shell access and is running Android 4.4.2.


SlateKit Base consists right now of an Ubuntu 14.04-based minimal root file-system, Qt 5.2.1, Oxide 1.0, libhybris for graphics support, and the hwcomposer QPA from Mer.

Those interested in more information on SlateKit can read today's announcement.

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