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Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

The below is a short video and article about the upcoming Ubuntu for Tablets (or, well, Ubuntu for any device!) that a friend sent me this morning.

Anyone else interested in this? Thoughts, likes, or dislikes?

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Article: Here it is: the fourth and final piece of the Ubuntu puzzle. We've seen the OS on smartphones, on TVs and of course on desktops, but the tablet version has spent a little longer in its dressing room. Fortunately, Canonical feels that the last stage in its four-screen strategy is now ready for the limelight and has released a video of the software in action.



The tablet OS will be made available to devs and enthusiasts at the exact same time as the smartphone preview on February 21st. So in addition to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4, you'll also be able to get a taste of touch-based Ubuntu on a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. Canonical is promising to provide installation tools and instructions to smooth the process of flashing the early build to your device.

Commercial tablets containing Ubuntu aren't likely to be available until well into 2014. The latest we've heard is that a barebones smartphone will arrive early next year (albeit with some indications of a possible October launch), followed a few months later by a high-spec smartphone with access to an app store and docking mode, and then by tablets at some point after that. Although Ubuntu has made good progress in recruiting an unnamed silicon company to optimize its chips for the OS, it has yet to cement any deals with device manufacturers or carriers.

Ubuntu is so lightweight that -- by the time Ubuntu 14.04 rolls around -- it'll be able to use the same code across all four form factors, with the same security features, user profiles and UI fundamentals.

Since the OS will be a constant, a smartphone-oriented app will work on an Ubuntu tablet or any other Ubuntu device without having to be ported or even tweaked. (Although devs will still have the option of adding functionality or UI elements that are specific to one category of device, or that only wake up when a device is docked -- like when a tablet is attached to a keyboard or when a phone is hooked up to a bigger display.)

This is very different to what Windows offers, for example, with its separate WP8, RT and Windows 8 versions. In fact, Mark Shuttleworth claims to have "cracked this one in a way that has eluded Microsoft," not least because Ubuntu's approach means that smartphone- and tablet-sized apps can run side-by-side on the same device in split screen mode. For example, you could have the Skype phone app running at the same time as a tablet document editor. This feature will be called "side stage," and judging from the video -- which is all we have to go on at this point -- it looks like a nifty approach to multi-tasking.


Source: http://www.engadget....blets-revealed/

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Re: Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:35 AM

In b4 P4P has a linuxgasm all over this thread.
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Re: Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

ARS take on it.

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Ubuntu for phones and tablets will run on both ARM chips and Intel Atom ones, but primarily ARM

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Eh.. I would have to see what the device specs end up being.. Over all I am not enthused by the look of the OS in the video, nor the device's body. I mean if I wanted a pig ugly body I would go dust off my old GTAB from 'The Pile of Tech Shame' in my closet.
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Re: Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 20 February 2013 - 11:51 AM, said:

ARS take on it.

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Ubuntu for phones and tablets will run on both ARM chips and Intel Atom ones, but primarily ARM

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Eh.. I would have to see what the device specs end up being.. Over all I am not enthused by the look of the OS in the video, nor the device's body. I mean if I wanted a pig ugly body I would go dust off my old GTAB from 'The Pile of Tech Shame' in my closet.


Lo, have I long searched in vain for a term to describe the crawlspace tech graveyard in my home. I search now no more.
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Re: Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

My wife calls it the remains of our kids' chances at college...
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Re: Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

Hey now - that minidisc player investment will always be solid!

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Sony announced Friday that it has finally stopped making the MiniDisc player after 21 years.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

i loved my minidisc.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

I must have that. I need that.
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Re: Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

I thought this was interesting and/or related:

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Re: Ubuntu for Tablets Revealed

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

Wouldn't mind trying this out on my Toshiba at300 when it's released. My main concern would be how easy it is to switch back to android if it turned out to be garbage.
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