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  • Is All Hope Lost For Non-Android Linux Tablets?

    Phoronix: Is All Hope Lost For Non-Android Linux Tablets?

    Canonical with their Ubuntu Touch initiative isn't the only project that's failed to deliver as of yet with a successful non-Android Linux tablet...

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

  • #2
    What a childish headline. Citing some miserable unsuccessful projects (which not many really knew or cared about) doesn't justify such a claim.

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    • #3
      The KDE Vivaldi tablet is actually having a countdown and launching within a few days it seems. Although I doubt this will be too successful, I think Ubuntu Touch will really be pretty great.

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      • #4
        Ubuntu touch is the only real hope for a non-Android Linux tablet. It is very very hard but you never know.

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        • #5
          Ubuntu Tablet didn't have a single stable release, not even a beta. How could it fail being not-yet-released?!

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          • #6
            What about full windows 8 x86 tablet? You should be able to boot and install any linux distro on those.
            Something like the dell venue 8 pro or the Asus T100.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by d2kx View Post
              The KDE Vivaldi tablet is actually having a countdown and launching within a few days it seems.
              Damn, you are right! Hmm, maybe a new Christmas present for me?

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              • #8
                Yeah, I was going to say -- Gnome3 is, by all reports, a fairly natural fit for tablets (and a better marriage of a "legacy" x86 desktop to a touch interface than Windows 8 is) and I've been eagerly waiting to read some successful reports of someone installing Manjaro or Fedora on the Dell Venue Pro.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                  The KDE Vivaldi tablet is actually having a countdown and launching within a few days it seems. Although I doubt this will be too successful, I think Ubuntu Touch will really be pretty great.
                  From the page source:

                  Code:
                  <!-- p.s. No, it's not the Vivaldi tablet .. however the efforts were not wasted  -->
                  So pretty mysterious. We should know at 5 pm UTC on the 25th.

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                  • #10
                    Also, it looks like the http://makeplaylive.com/ domain name was re-registered to Aaron Seigo personally on Oct 18th, so whatever is happening is almost certainly plasma active-related. Given that, I would assume either some sort of hardware announcement (tablet or phone), an announcement of an easy way to put plasma active on existing devices (like the cyanogenmod installer or a deal with the Tizen group), or a deal with a manufacturer to make plasma active available as an option (like Samsung or someone else getting fed up with google).

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                    • #11
                      All hope is lost for Phoronix

                      No, but maybe all hope is lost for Phoronix? lol. Seriously? Firefox OS will rock your pants beginning in 2015.

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                      • #12
                        There’s a </a> before the "Crowd Funding Failed" text so the link does not appear.

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                        • #13
                          Who wants another tablet a dozen months in the making?

                          Seriously crowdfunding is for real innovation, not for me-too products. By the time those dudes have finished their dreamers' crowdfunding campaigns the specs are already 6 months behind the - tough, fierce and real - competition. And when they're eventually ready to deliver it's almost one full year, and the pricing sucks too. And that's not counting the quality setbacks.

                          Who wants another tablet? What's already on the market (be it Android or Surface) is just waiting to be tweaked for those geek enough to want more from state of the art hardware. Ok mods will not help launch the next billionnaire startup, but open-source is about bringing added-value to the user first, and then try to monetize it. Not the other way round.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mchiron View Post
                            What about full windows 8 x86 tablet? You should be able to boot and install any linux distro on those.
                            Something like the dell venue 8 pro or the Asus T100.
                            If I can ever justify the cost of having both an OpenPandora and a tablet, I'm thinking about a Surface Pro 2. The Wacom digitizer in it doesn't sense tilt and rotation, but pressure is good enough for me and it would mean it could double as a cheaper, more portable alternative to the Wacom Cintiq 13HD (An LCD/digitizer hybrid for desktop PCs) and a more open alternative to Wacom's upcoming Cintiq Companion line of Surface-like tablets with professional digitizers.

                            (I'm too lazy to learn to draw without Ctrl+Z and it's a lot easier when you're looking at the same surface you're drawing on.)

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                            • #15
                              KDE Vivaldi will be using Wayland in the future version of the Plasma Active, so it's the only interesting option out there.

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