Fun with E-Ink, X and Gumstix

How to get X running on a Gumstix embedded device with an E-Ink display and run all your favorite X11 applications.
The Future

A lot of work has been going on to enrich the Gumstix toolset and provide better integration with the AM200 kit. Projects like OpenEmbedded are simplifying embedded Linux work. I see a bright future for these displays (no pun intended). I don't think it will be much longer before we have displays that we can roll up just like paper and stuff in our back pockets. The costs will come down, and we'll be able to scatter them on a desk just like regular paper and treat them as extensions of our normal desktop display. Linux will continue to be at the forefront of this with its unique capabilities.


The author is grateful to E-Ink engineers for their extensive support and hardware help, and to Andrew Morton, Peter Zijlstra, Antonino Daplas, Paul Mundt, Geert Uytterhoeven, Hugh Dickins, James Simmons and others for code review, mm, fbdev and general help.

Jaya Kumar has been enjoying Linux since 1995 and is the author and maintainer of deferred IO, the fbdev drivers for E-Ink controllers. He is on a constant lookout for chocolate kulfi as well as cool new technologies to hack on and welcomes any and all feedback at



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Technology Blog's picture

Thanks. Great!

I got the kit

Femi's picture

I just got the kit, and i am using it as final year project, Jaya, i just sent you a provate mail...anybody interested in helping me develop application for the device should email me

too expensive

JohnV's picture

Great indeed. It's very interesting but the cost is just too high. hmmm there might be a slightly-used unit at ebay.


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Cooper Chen


scottp's picture

The demo kit is $3,000.
When I inquired about buying just display modules, I could not get an answer from them.
That was Dec 2007. I'm contacting them again now.

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