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    Phoronix: Canonical - Ubuntu Tablet Announcement Tomorrow

    Canonical has made it not so subtly known that they will be making an Ubuntu tablet related announcement tomorrow...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMwNTA

  • #2
    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Canonical - Ubuntu Tablet Announcement Tomorrow

    Canonical has made it not so subtly known that they will be making an Ubuntu tablet related announcement tomorrow...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMwNTA
    I proposed they make a tablet in the past (http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/10970/). Too late now. I'm getting a distinct impression that if Apple's motto is to 'think different' and Microsoft's is to 'embrace and extend' then Canonical's must be to 'follow the herd'.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by eugene2k View Post
      I proposed they make a tablet in the past (http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/10970/). Too late now. I'm getting a distinct impression that if Apple's motto is to 'think different' and Microsoft's is to 'embrace and extend' then Canonical's must be to 'follow the herd'.
      Good job. I'm sure they'll give you all the money..

      Seriously though, tablet computers have been being pushed by Microsoft since the 90's. Even in '08 it wasn't a revolutionary idea. The thing that made the iPad revolutionary was the use of hardware which made it ultra thin and light, and had not been available in '08, and combined it with a great software experience. Ubuntu in '08 was nowhere near ready for tablets, nor was the hardware.

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      • #4
        Ubuntu Tablet OS on Microsoft Surface Pro would be pretty cool.
        Should not be that hard to port either. It uses fairly standard hardware x86 even.

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        • #5
          If you want an Ubuntu tablet, just get a Nexus 10. Much better battery life, and costs less than half the price. Most apps should work just fine.

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          • #6
            i'm sorry to say this, but i don't want that purple vomit on my tablet. stop chasing apple, you'll lose. I would love to see CLI scraped error messages on my modern tablet. same goes for KDE devs. other than FOSS dorks, no-one wants your crufty QML crap. we already three platforms that work better on tablets than a shoehorned linux desktop.

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            • #7
              This is excellent news as in the last week I went from my Nexus 7 running rooted Android 4.1.2 to trying to patch to 4.2.2, and it not taking the patch in first attempt, to them installing Plasma Active for another trial and then thinking I'll wait to see if a Ubuntu Phone rebuild will make it to the Nexus 7 to change. Now I should be getting a proper build image for the device.

              I all goes well it will be Ubuntu Phone for Tablet, with an image for Nexus 7.

              What I expect:
              * screen rotation
              * keyboard properly focussing for text fields
              * text field having ability to hold down and context menu for cut/copy/paste
              * pinch zoom available in areas where you expect it
              * GFX + video acceleration
              * sound in/out
              * video player able to streaming over the network, not download the whole move before play
              * eBook viewer

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              • #8
                Originally posted by garegin View Post
                i'm sorry to say this, but i don't want that purple vomit on my tablet. stop chasing apple, you'll lose. I would love to see CLI scraped error messages on my modern tablet. same goes for KDE devs. other than FOSS dorks, no-one wants your crufty QML crap. we already three platforms that work better on tablets than a shoehorned linux desktop.
                Go back to your dog cave.

                I'll say this for the opportunity for others to read.

                Linux on a tablet will bring far better liberties then other platforms. Example;

                * Repository system and any app stores you want
                * Proper networking core
                * Ubuntu's dock it mode to make full desktop... hdmi/usb/keyboard/mouse needed
                * Vast array of existing source-code and pre-compiled apps
                * QML opportunities to create and profit form it and other platforms
                * Zippy speeds
                * Developer and system management tools for IT people
                etc.etc.

                I think the area where many tablets and phones are lacking is the re-emergence of stylus. Screen makers may move into adding proper stylus sensors in the future. This is probably the only good feature with the Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet. Ubuntu/Linux developers need to consider this support in all the design.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                  Go back to your dog cave.
                  Don't insult dogs like that :P

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Luke_Wolf View Post
                    Don't insult dogs like that :P
                    Dogs in caves are pretty ratty though.

                    With out starting another post. I'm amazed no one has made a full 3D tablet OS, where everything is pinch zoomable/rotate. With other gestures to manage the input and control. A virtual emergence through the tablet screen.

                    It kind of sucks that only some content scales or your apps are forced to suit the screen size, in most tablet and phone OSes. Apple probably has the best experience for manipulation.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blackout23 View Post
                      Ubuntu Tablet OS on Microsoft Surface Pro would be pretty cool.
                      Should not be that hard to port either. It uses fairly standard hardware x86 even.
                      As you probably know Microsoft are a super restrictive company so if you purchased a Surface Pro or RT you maybe waiting a long time before someone cracks the boot/bias system.

                      Like Krysto said there are other options much cheaper. The Surface Pro and RT are way too expensive. The only redeeming feature is the stylus on the Pro model.

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                      • #12
                        Apparently it is HTC tablets?
                        Look at HTC site if you haven't(there's a similar timer there too).

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                        • #13
                          Already backing up my Nexus 7...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by coder543 View Post
                            Good job. I'm sure they'll give you all the money..

                            Seriously though, tablet computers have been being pushed by Microsoft since the 90's. Even in '08 it wasn't a revolutionary idea. The thing that made the iPad revolutionary was the use of hardware which made it ultra thin and light, and had not been available in '08, and combined it with a great software experience. Ubuntu in '08 was nowhere near ready for tablets, nor was the hardware.
                            I never said tablets were new in 2008. To my knowledge Apple Newton was one of the first tablets, however due to technology not being up to par it wasn't commercially viable. But, the first generation of iPads was released in 2010, which, had Canonical started thinking of creating a new market segment then or earlier, would've given them plenty of time to create a platform, a device, and a customer base. Contrary to what you might've thought, my comment wasn't an attempt to show off how smart I am, what I meant to say was that Canonical doesn't have ideas of their own instead following behind the trendsetters and jumping on all kinds of bandwagons in an effort to be everywere, while ending up nowhere. Canonical is trying to 'sell' Ubuntu to more people, but they don't have a clue as to how to increase their marketshare. Had they invested in a tablet, they'd have a good customer base and a recognizable brand by now. As it stands Ubuntu is 'that linux OS I keep hearing about'.

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