Subject: Re: simputer
To: None <>
From: Christos Zoulas <>
List: regional-nyc
Date: 08/16/2003 13:17:41
In article <>,
James K. Lowden <> wrote:

And what is 20000 in USD?


>On Mon, 11 Aug 2003 11:57:05 +0900 (JST), Curt Sampson <>
>> On Sun, 10 Aug 2003, James K. Lowden wrote:
>> > Although now that you mention it, the Simputer might not be strictly
>> > necessary.  OTOH, I'd certainly by a beer for the first fellow to boot
>> > it up in netbsd.
>> If someone is seriously thinking about working on this, I'd far rather
>> see a NetBSD port to the Sharp Zarus. It's got a faster processor, more
>> memory, colour screen, more peripherals, a keyboard, and it happens to
>> be cheaper as well. The new ones run Linux, and of course source is
>> available.
>The Simputer has different goals from the Zaurus, and is aimed at a
>different market.  Also, as you know, the hardware design is free.  In
>quantity, such a limited machine should be priced well below the current
>prototypes.  The folks at hope it will be the volkswagen of
>Indian computers.  I think we could do worse things than promote NetBSD in
>I arranged to buy two on Friday in Bangalore, at a significant discount. 
>I'm attaching their mail.  If anyone here would like me to bring one back
>for him, I'd be glad to.  I'm sure they'd offer you the same price.  I'd
>tell you what it is, but was asked to "treat it as confidential", so I can
>hardly include it in a publicly archived message. Email him directly and
>I'll bring the goods.  
>Hello Mr. Lowden:
>Thanks for your mail and your confirmation to pick up 2 V3 BEL-PicoPeta 
>Simputers from us. We appreciate your noble objectives of wanting to
>Simputers, and gladly welcome you to PicoPeta on Friday, August 15th.
>I will have the Simputers packaged and and ready by then, and will meet
>on Friday. Please call me in the morning to confirm when we can meet (my
>phone number in Bangalore is 9845234238). 
>I confirm the pricing mentioned and the total invoice amount. Payment can
>made either by cash or a local checque / DD addressed to PicoPeta
>Private Limited. 
>In terms of showcasing the product, we will have an advanced commercial 
>version of the Simputer (branded as the Amida Simputer) launched in India
>the next 3 months. This version will have colour and backlight besides a 
>sleek new package and a new end user software layer, and is expected to be
>priced below Rs. 20,000. We will be happy to let you know as soon as we
>saleable samples.
>In terms of Simputers for your colleagues, assuming that they can reach a 
>decision, I can make the necessary arrangements with a note from them as
>as tomorrow afternoon. 
>Looking forward to meeting you,
>Best regards,
>Vikram Srivats
>Manager - Customer Delivery    
>PicoPeta Simputers Pvt. Ltd.             Phone:+91-80-3618184/5/6 
>146, 5th Cross, RMV Extension            Fax:+91-80-3617568
>Bangalore - 560080 India.