1. djbclark's Avatar
    I think the BlackBerry Passport may be the perfect device for System Administrators who deal with *nix systems - GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris, AIX, etc. due to its width.


    Many *nix command line tools require at least an 80 row / 24 column screen. If you have less than 80 rows and 24 columns, some stuff just refuses to work at all, or is useless. The Passport is the first device I've seen in a long time in with the 80x24 console format isn't that hard to read (since the Passport is optimized for 60 characters wide anyway).

    I'm attaching a mockup of this. You'll want to print it at 600dpi to get an idea of what it might look like on the 453dpi Passport screen. Use the "actual size" option in your print dialog and measure to make sure the diagonal is 4.5".

    It'll probably actually be easier to read on the Passport LCD due to hinting / subpixel rendering / anti-aliasing - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subpixel_rendering

    Now all that needs to happen is someone to write a really nice ssh / mosh - Mosh: the mobile shell - client that uses cascades and takes full advantage of the virtual keyboard row.

    Anyone know if what is on that row is actually programmable via an API?

    Virtual keyboard row is another thing that might make it perfect, as can have virtual ctrl / | / etc. and other keys that are used all the time from the unix shell.

    If not it might not matter so much as I found a nice ugly workaround for virtual terminals with limited key availability - Termim - https://github.com/djbclark/termim - even if this doesn't work on a local Passport terminal you can just run it on the box you are using secure shell / mobile shell to connect to, and then easily do any key sequence including ctrl-something etc. by using an arbitrary key as a compose key - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compose_key

    I also hope you can turn off prediction on a per-app basis... I think this is possible... don't want "rm -rf /" to be predicted :-)

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    08-10-14 04:47 PM
  2. BrizzadMan's Avatar
    I do recall seeing some documentation highlighting that the virtual keyboard was in fact programmable for apps.

    I don't administer any Unix Systems, but am looking forward to this device for RDP capabilities. Using a shell on this device will be great!

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    08-11-14 11:10 AM

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