Can I ask a question about the Kindle with regards to using it as a general purpose computing device, running Linux? My question is about the APIs that might be available to a programmer writing an application to run on Kindle hardware.

It's a little hard to tell from the FAQ, because it contradicts itself. It says that I can ask questions about computers, but not about electronic devices. Well, I haven't seen many mechanical computers around lately. The Kindle fully qualifies as a computer, containing all of the basic parts: CPU, RAM, OP, screen. Just because it is small shouldn't rule it off topic. This popular answer seems to agree.

So I feel like this questions should be OK, but I thought I should ask first.

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    While this doesn't answer the titular question, if you want to know what APIs are available you should be asking on Stack Overflow. That's where programming questions go. Super User deals with the use of systems, not writing software for them.
    – Bob
    Oct 6, 2014 at 13:22
  • You don't indicate which Kindles your talking about, I can only assume, your talking about Kindle Fire which would mean since its based on Android the same API would apply. I would agree a programming question belongs on Stackoverflow. While you could stretch the facts and call a Kindle a PC most people wouldn't call it one.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 7, 2014 at 11:03
  • I don't know if it's off-topic here, but you would probably get a better answer on the other site(s) Oct 7, 2014 at 15:25
  • @Ramhound - I wouldn't call a Kindle a PC, but I would call it a computer. Oct 7, 2014 at 20:34
  • @Rocketmagnet - Superuser is about (personal) computer software and (personal) computer hardware or thats what its suppose to be. There are SE websites for mobile phones and android devices for a reason.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 7, 2014 at 23:05


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