Keith I Myers – 2014-03-12 00:43:22-0400 – Updated: 2014-03-12 00:43:22-0400Hey +System76 – I would love you guys forever if you made a line of x86 Tablets that run Ubuntu. I would kill for a 14 inch tabletShared with: Public, Keith I Myers, System76, Michael Hall, Anton Mochalin+1’d by: Heidi BoumanAnton Mochalin – 2014-03-12 03:06:55-0400What would you do with it?Keith I Myers – 2014-03-12 03:10:08-0400+Anton Mochalin – sometimes I need to trade power for form factor. I currently own a +System76 Kudo which is amazing but not always the most portable laptop at 17 inches. Anton Mochalin – 2014-03-12 03:19:23-0400+Keith I Myers but what would you actually do? There are 14” laptops, 12” laptops and there are netbooks. In all price ranges and installing Ubuntu isn’t hard.
Why do you need Ubuntu on a tablet? As far as I know there aren’t many apps adapted/designed for tablet use on Ubuntu. Keith I Myers – 2014-03-12 10:28:02-0400+Anton Mochalin – For times that I am away from my desk, a tablet form factor makes more sense. I would imagine using it as more of a consumption device rather than a production device. There are times that I am on my feet a lot and balancing a laptop is not ideal. Anton Mochalin – 2014-03-12 11:13:22-0400+Keith I Myers but do you really need Ubuntu on a consumption device? I suspect Ubuntu will be worse at it than iOS or AndroidMichael Hall – 2014-03-12 20:05:14-0400 – Updated: 2014-03-12 20:05:33-0400Ubuntu is great on a consumption device, the Unity shell on tablets (and phones) is great at multi-tasking, familiar to anyone who uses Unity on the desktop, and it comes with a terminal and root access.
The apps are catching up, it’ll be a while before we have the majority of the most popular ones, but there’s already a large selection of open source apps available.Anton Mochalin – 2014-03-13 02:25:07-0400+Michael Hall well those features are great (maybe) but how often are you going to use terminal and root access on a tablet? And it’s easy to get both terminal and root access on Android (not quite so easy on iOS) – actually I once did that but didn’t use them even once. When you really think about trying system administration or software development on a tablet – or even writing texts more than one paragraph long – you quickly realize it’s better to have a lightweight laptop if you’re going to do those tasks on the go.Keith I Myers – 2014-03-13 11:25:49-0400+Michael Hall – I have one strange requirement. I need X11 on the tablet as I often use it to view applications on a remote machine. Michael Hall – 2014-03-13 16:24:34-0400+Keith I Myers should be do-able on a x86 tablet, but bear in mind that desktop Unity 7 isn’t optimized for touch screens yet. There’s a little bit of work for that, which can be enabled from compizconfig-settings-manager, but it’s still very mouse+keyboard centric.Michael Hall – 2014-03-13 16:25:16-0400+Anton Mochalin I use IRC from the terminal, so I use it quite a bit. Admittedly, that’s not a typical consumer use-case.Keith I Myers – 2014-03-14 11:10:18-0400+Michael Hall – You are correct, I would need x86 for what I wish to do.