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Postby KBD47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:49 pm

I've not been impressed by much that Ubuntu has done in the last while, but if their tablet OS works as described, and if they can actually get some hardware vendors on board, this may be impressive.
http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/tablet
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby tdockery97 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:56 pm

It's going to be really interesting to see how well they compete with the Android market.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby vrkalak on Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:03 pm

I managed to get a "for Testing" release of Ubuntu for Tablets yesterday.

I tried for hours to get it installed onto my Nexus-7 Tablet to no avail.
The Installer/Loader kept hanging on one file. :(

I'm sure I'll get it installed - eventually. I'll keep you informed as to my progress.

NOTE: I didn't need to "Root" or unlock the Nexus Tablet, Ubuntu runs in its own Virtualbox.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby xenopeek on Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:06 pm

For a short while yesterday it seemed they already had a hardware partner onboard in HTC, as the countdown clocks on their website were in sync. That turned out to be false, so today's announcement is disappointing in that respect. It confirms the direction Canonical is taking Ubuntu in (e.g., they want to be the next Apple), and you can do with that news what you want.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby tdockery97 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:21 pm

Well, if that is the case, I think we should be cheering them on. If they succeed, it is a success story for Linux. And all indications are that they will keep their Linux free software operations going. They still state on their website that Ubuntu is free, and always will be.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby bimsebasse on Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:33 pm

The UI looks interesting and smart, but I'm disappointed there was nothing to actually reveal other than a concept, bit of a pointless announcement.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby raymerjacque on Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:35 pm

Id like to see Mint on a tablet :oops:

now that is a tablet i would gladly buy :mrgreen:
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby KBD47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:59 pm

tdockery97 wrote:It's going to be really interesting to see how well they compete with the Android market.


I think it is hard to beat Android on a tablet. Their best bet might be to get onto some of the low level China white box tablets like Cruz who don't have access to the Google Play store. Ubuntu would be an improvement on such a crippled device. Ubuntu has to offer something fresh, and the interface sounds promising. I like the idea of being able to open and easily access more than one app, plus the ability to hide everything. A 7" tablet has very little real estate, so hiding everything would be nice.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby KBD47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:35 pm

vrkalak wrote:I managed to get a "for Testing" release of Ubuntu for Tablets yesterday.

I tried for hours to get it installed onto my Nexus-7 Tablet to no avail.
The Installer/Loader kept hanging on one file. :(

I'm sure I'll get it installed - eventually. I'll keep you informed as to my progress.

NOTE: I didn't need to "Root" or unlock the Nexus Tablet, Ubuntu runs in its own Virtualbox.


Yes, please do. It will be important to find a way to easily get this onto tablets, and if it could done without rooting that would be great. I also hope Ubuntu will get some hardware vendors on board.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby KBD47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:41 pm

tdockery97 wrote:Well, if that is the case, I think we should be cheering them on. If they succeed, it is a success story for Linux. And all indications are that they will keep their Linux free software operations going. They still state on their website that Ubuntu is free, and always will be.


I think if tablets become as big as it looks like, it will be very important to have open source software available for them. I like Google, but I think there should be more options than Apple and Google for tablets. I have doubted Ubuntu's ability to do much with phones because of wireless carriers. But tablets are a different matter, white box tablets from China that run on wifi have begun to flood the market, and a $99 Ubuntu tablet is pretty much an impulse buy for any Linux fan or just the curious :-)
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby KBD47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:42 pm

raymerjacque wrote:Id like to see Mint on a tablet :oops:

now that is a tablet i would gladly buy :mrgreen:


That's what I've been saying :-)
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby bimsebasse on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:18 pm

Why would an OS made exclusively for the desktop be better on a tablet than a dedicated touch OS? The Ubuntu concept looks very well constructed and very well thought out, and tailor made for a tablet. MATE/Cinnamon on a tablet would just be daft.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby KBD47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:31 pm

bimsebasse wrote:Why would an OS made exclusively for the desktop be better on a tablet than a dedicated touch OS? The Ubuntu concept looks very well constructed and very well thought out, and tailor made for a tablet. MATE/Cinnamon on a tablet would just be daft.


I agree. I had in mind something Cinnamon-like. I would love to see what kind of Mintiness Linux Mint could accomplish with a tablet if Clem and team ever decided to take on such a task.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby KBD47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:44 pm

More about Ubuntu tablet:
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby Orbmiser on Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:00 am

Yep nice if done and works for those wanting Ubuntu on a tablet.
Just don't see the point.

As have a 7" tablet which is mainly for reading and Android readers like my Moon+ pro excels at that function.
Plus specific regional apps that are only available for android like my Multnomah County Library where I can check on holds,reserve search for books,movies,music. Local Trimet Bus schedule look up times & routes for bus. Local News & Weather. Local apps for shopping,sales & restaurants make for specialized local needs that is covered by android.

Those coupled with a saturated library of games that are unique and never see coming to Ubuntu.

So saw the video demo and is intriguing tho unless it also allows android apps & google play just don't see the need for it.
They seem to be pushing the Social Connections sort of thing with it. For me not being a gaggle+,twatter,farcebook user is probably not my cup of tea. Tho wish them success if it fills a need for others.
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Re: Ubuntu Tablet

Postby dee. on Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:25 pm

Stallman has things to say about Ubuntu

http://youtu.be/CP8CNp-vksc
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