[Gretl-users] anybody running gretl on tablets?

Sven Schreiber svetosch at gmx.net
Thu Jan 9 08:58:02 EST 2014


Am 09.01.2014 11:28, schrieb Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti:
> On Thu, 9 Jan 2014, Sven Schreiber wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> has anybody out there tried to run gretl on a tablet device? The general
>> idea is of course not new, but now there are Windows tablets appearing
>> with Intel Atom processors and apparently regular Windows versions (not
>> the earlier embedded variant), so it would seem like being as easy as on
>> a desktop/laptop.
>>
>> Obviously it would be even more interesting to do it on some kind of
>> Linux (Android, FirefoxOS, Ubuntu, etc.), but as mentioned before, I
>> think the necessary software ingredients are still missing on those
>> platforms. (Of course, if anybody has counterexamples we would all like
>> to hear them...)
>
> The lion's share of the tablet OS market belongs to iOS and Android. I
> can't speak about iOS, but porting gretl to Android would be quite a
> feat. First, you'd have to port the libgretl library; I understand there
> is some way to use gcc to cross-compile for the ARM platform, but then
> one should find (or build from source) all the libraries libgretl needs:
> lapack, blas, fftw3... On the other hand, apparently somenoe did manage
> to port Octave to Android, so it would seem that there's some hope on
> that front. Still, it wouldn't be easy.
>

Exactly. That's why it sounds attractive to me have to have a regular 
x86-style CPU (Atom) in a tablet, as in the Dell Venue (just an 
example), instead of ARM. I guess that it would even be possible to load 
a standard Linux distro on them. Maybe even dual-boot??

-sven



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