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Ubuntu For Tablets Announced 148

hypnosec writes "Keeping its promise from yesterday Ubuntu has announced an operating system for tablets dubbed 'Ubuntu for Tablets' that it says will work on tablets of any size. Advertised to work on both entry level tablets as well as high-end tablets with enterprise specifications, the operating system offers multitasking, safer sharing, instant launch of applications through the menu bar on the left, effortless switching between applications among other features." The tablet version of the OS will also be presented at Mobile World Congress later this month. Also featured at SlashCloud.
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Ubuntu For Tablets Announced

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  • Re:Who cares ? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by nametaken ( 610866 ) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @01:18PM (#42946133)

    I have a Kindle Fire around here somewhere that runs aftermarket android roms. I see no reason why I should turn my nose up at a linux distro, if it works well. That part, of course, remains to be seen.

  • Re:Who cares ? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tylikcat ( 1578365 ) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @01:33PM (#42946313)

    My tablet-ish thing is an Asus transformer, and while I'm happy enough with Cyanogenmod, I have it set up to run linux in user space because sometimes I want it to be just a bit more of a real computer.

    If Ubuntu for tablet could give me a reasonable front end and still let me write code (we're not talking serious compiling here, just hacking together a bit of python here and there, mostly) and give me cleaner access to system underpinnings, I'd be happy to switch. Well, okay, and reasonable functionality in other ways - power management, etc. I've yet to meet an Android distro that really lets me do what I'd like.

  • Good! (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @01:44PM (#42946433)

    Now all someone needs to do is fork it into a version that doesn't send my every keystroke somewhere.

  • Re:Who cares ? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slim ( 1652 ) <john@hartnu p . net> on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @01:44PM (#42946435) Homepage

    In the demo of Ubuntu for phones, a Samsung S3 is running Android and Ubuntu *at the same time*.

    I don't know whether Android is hosting Ubuntu, or Ubuntu is hosting Android, or some third piece of software is hosting both. But the end result is that you plug your phone into an HDMI monitor, operate an Ubuntu desktop on the monitor using a bluetooth keyboard/mouse, and use Android on the handset at the same time. The Ubuntu stuff had hooks into Android so there were desktop apps that interacted with your Android contacts etc.

    Fairly neat. I got the impression that it wasn't all as open-source as I'd like it to be -- ain't that the Android way?

  • I no longer care. (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @01:49PM (#42946489)

    Did they fix the keylogging yet?

    If not, I don't care about anything they come up with.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @01:51PM (#42946511)

    cinnamon colbert, did anyone bother to inform you that you're a retard, or did they give it up as a lost cause?

    Linux is just a kernel, and it happens to be by far the most popular kernel on the planet. The kernel gets coupled with many different kinds of user space to create an operating system. The GNU user space is just one of these, and Android is another, both extraordinarily popular.

    You missed just one line from your narrative:

    "Dad, why are you a retard compared to all my friends' dads?"

  • by updatelee ( 244571 ) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @03:23PM (#42947237) Homepage

    This is as Linux as Android is. Hell Android is probably more Linux this this.

    I just dont understand why these mobile OS's keep wanting to force developers into a specific language. Android push's Java hard (ewe) sure you can use the NDK but from my perspective its not as straight forward as youd think. iOS push's Objective-C. and now Ubuntu mobile OS is pushing QML/Javascript/HTML5.

    Sure you can make a webpage that does basic calculations or simple animations. But real raw data crunching within JS? seriously ? thats such a joke its not even funny. If all I wanted was a notepad, calender app, and a webbrowser then Id just continue using Android.

    Show me a FFT JS implementation thats anywhere near as fast as C/C++. I write only in C/C++ and have zero interest in JS or Java, zero. Im not going to waste my time learning a new language that just anoy me.

    Id love to see how JS interacts with low level stuff like gpio's, serial, usb etc. Oh there's a lib for that? what if there isnt... then what? wait out? thats not the point of open source, your supposed to be able todo whatever you want.

    Linux imo is popular with developers because we can write whatever we want in whatever language we choose. Linux isnt supposed to force you into anything, why do all these linux mobile OS's feel the need todo so.


  • Re:Who cares ? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Master Moose ( 1243274 ) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @04:39PM (#42948091) Homepage

    I think that the tablet space is the same as the home computing space in the 80's. You had your C64s, your Amigas, Ataris, Apples, IBMs, Acorns and various other vendors machines. People's choices were not made about the OS, but if the machine met their needs by having the right games, the correct applications, compatibility with work, friends and family etc. People also expected that if they bought a different vendors machine, that they would have a different experience.

    If I am half right, then there is room for other vendors to come in with products and be quite successful. . Of course, we didn't have the litigation and patent trolling so bad back then (although I do admit it exsisted)

  • by benmhall ( 9092 ) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @06:13PM (#42949265) Homepage Journal

    As it happens, I'm writin this on an HP 2760p. A traditional tablet pc. It's currently running Ubuntu 12.10 and everything works reasonably well.

    The reality is that we are in the midst of a very significant shift in computing, from desktop PCs to tablets and phones. Laptop and desktop sales are down, tablet sales are skyrocketing. Canonical is the only company focusing on Linux desktop computing. Unity is good and is getting better quickly. I honestly believe that they have the best approach to scaling the UI. Canonical is essentially pushing responsie design for the Linux desktop.

    What other Linux distribution do you see pushing the end-user computing envelop? These guys are moving forward and should be celebrated and supported for doing so.

    I look forward to Ubuntu for Tablets on my 2760p. Count me in!

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