Review: Tux Droid

Advanced Linux users can really put their programming skills to the test with Tux Droid. Develop applications, code new daemons or even hack the firmware. Visit to get started.


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Tux Droid

Anonymous's picture

I thought this was one of the funniest commentaries on the state of Linux on the desktop I've ever heard. Nice video!

TuxDroid @ SCALE in Feb

Ilan's picture

You want to see one of these in person, consider attending SCALE this Feburary The KySoh and TuxIsAlive folks will be on our expo floor sponsoring the event.

SCALE is a community Linux and Open Source conference which will be held in Los Angeles, CA on Feb 8 - 10, 2008.

I've go Tux Droid and it works fine!

Carla's picture

I have Tux Droid and it works fine !!!!
Every thing works, if you have problems you just have to read the forum on Tux Droid's web site and you will surely solve your problem.
The only gadget that's not working is the Gmail check mail, but they are still working on it.
The Skype gadget is under development, probably that's why you couldn't make it work !
So if you want one do not hesitate it's really a lot of fun !!!!

Carla - Italy

Hello Carla. :)

Shawn Powers's picture

I actually followed your thread on the tuxisalive forum, but regardless of the upgrading I did (I upgraded firmware, reinstalled the software, redownloaded gadgets, etc), I couldn't get him to work correctly. I tried not to be overly negative about the tux droid himself, because he is cute -- I just expected more I guess. :)

Thanks for the comment, and you make an excellent point that I didn't in the review. That is, if you're having problems with the Tux Droid, don't hesitate to go to their forums looking for help.

Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

Something fishy about your tux

R0N's picture

After being a proud Tux owner for some time I am quite surprised with the Tux performance in the video.

It's like something is eating up all your system resources, hence the boring "CPU overload" message you are getting all the time. Did you try to uninstall the PC monitor gadget? Maybe this is making the other functions unstable.

Getting Foggy

Shawn Powers's picture

Honestly, I don't remember the details about what I tried. I uninstalled and reinstalled stuff a few times, upgraded the firmware, and did my best to make it work. I don't have the Tux Droid anymore, so I can't try anything else unfortunately.

Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter


Rub3nC's picture

I want a tux Droid :)

Harsh Reviewer?

Roy Schestowitz's picture

Shawn's reviews have an interesting attitude in them. I would love to see him reviewing a Zune. :-)

Hate to Disappoint...

Shawn Powers's picture

Here ya go, Roy. It's a snow day, so I thought I'd review the Zune for you. :)

Zune Review.

Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

Looking Good

barryp's picture

Hey ... nice tie, Shawn ... obviously just back from an interview .... ;-)

Paul Barry

Nothing that official...

Shawn Powers's picture

heh -- actually it's much more mundane. I wore the long sleeve shirt because I have a huge scratch on my arm. It's quite distracting, and not in a, "wow, that guy's tough" kinda way. More like, "Sheesh, he must be clumsy."

And the latter is actually correct...

Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

Tux Droid Review

barryp's picture

Nice, honest review. Thanks.

Lets hope those in the FOSS community improve this device as time goes by. My daughter got a "closed source" talking Parrot from one of her uncles this Xmas ... if only it had been a Tux Droid! Think of the fun I could've had!!!

Paul Barry

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