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When will Linux get into Tablets?

Postby animaguy on Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:22 pm

Tablets are quickly creeping as alternatives to Laptops. Techies on Hardware forums claim by 2013 the line between tablets and laptops could be blurred. Some tablet designs are starting to resemble detachable screen computers that can be connected to traditional qwerty keyboards and maybe even external harddrives, motherboards, gpus & cpus.

Does anyone here know of any push to start developing the Linux kernal as an OS alternative in tablets?
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Re: When will Linux get into Tablets?

Postby caf4926 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:45 pm

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Re: When will Linux get into Tablets?

Postby steev on Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:10 am

As you may already know, Android is technically Linux, although it's quite different from other distributions (No GNU or X.org for example)

As mentioned above, there is also Plasma Active and the Spark tablet (or whatever it's called now)

And I remember reading that Canonical had plans for Ubuntu tablets:
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/01/ubun ... ndroid-ios

No idea when it will happen though.
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Re: When will Linux get into Tablets?

Postby Pikachu6708 on Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:21 pm

Well, if Android counts, Linux is already in the tablet game.
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Re: When will Linux get into Tablets?

Postby vrkalak on Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:19 pm

The iPad was developed by Apple Corp., hence, it uses an Apple-based OS.

However, most other Internet Tablets use Android-OS, WebOS or Meego.
Android IS Linux-based. Android-OS uses the Linux Kernel with the Android DE and WM.

I know that Debian and Redhat (Fedora) already make an ARM release.
ARM is a Tablet compatible computer architecture ...

With Android both the Kernel and Android version are updated accordingly.
I believe my Tablet has the 2.6.32 kernal and my cellphone uses the 3.2 Linux-kernel

Ubuntu is quickly headed in that direction, with the advent of Ubuntu's Unity Desktop ... Unity is geared toward touch-screen use.

Just about all cellphones (other than the iPhone) use Android.
I managed to unroot my LG cellphone and get an "Ubuntu for Android" WM installed.
(I downloaded my Ubuntu-for-Android WM via Google's App.Store)
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Re: When will Linux get into Tablets?

Postby bimsebasse on Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:09 pm

animaguy wrote:Does anyone here know of any push to start developing the Linux kernal as an OS alternative in tablets?


Ever heard of Android?

Can't be too long before either Gnome or Canonical have a full-fledged tablet OS ready.
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