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So my addiction to new tech has me salivating about one day getting a tablet/pad. However, right now I don't find Android that appealing (I only tried it a little bit) because of its limitations/design. Since I know that MeeGo is going to try at a tablet by the end of the year I was wondering if any of the other distros were as well. Also, I was curious if it was possible right now to install a major distro on any of the pads/tablets out right now such as the Iconia or Transformer.
     
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Jolicloud has one, even for the iPad right now. Its a pretty decent OS.
    
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The TouchPad allows you to install a version of ubuntu on it.
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Jolicloud has one, even for the iPad right now. Its a pretty decent OS.
Isn't that like Chrome OS?

Also, I don't know if you can find a version for your device, but Angstrom Linux has been one of the best Linux for mobile devices. It's the one used currently on the OpenPandora project, and has suposedly a great package manager. However, I still don't think it competes with the iOS and Android.
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Jolicloud has come far if it's capable of that.

@Thierry: Are you talking about the HP TouchPad?

@Rothen: That's definitely cool to see. The fact that it had Abiword was very appealing. I was somewhat hoping to see a full sized distro running on these things though.

Maybe someone has more experience with something like the Transformer or Iconia or another tablet and can tell me whether they're even decent to consider for a school use.
     
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Bodhilinux recently released an ArchOS ARM Tablet version

The Enlightenment Desktop looks very cool on the tablet


If you don't have an ArchOS tablet you can install Debian and add the Bodhi repo
Edited by DarkVader - 7/26/11 at 10:11pm
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Isn't that like Chrome OS?
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Extremely similar, just a LOT cleaner IMHO. Plus, Jolicloud + Netbook or tablet is cheaper than the GoogleOS with their netbooks.
    
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Jolicloud has come far if it's capable of that...
http://www.jolicloud.com/
Look at the bottom of the page. The iPad version works very well, and they are almost done with the Android replacement. Its a fantastic touchscreen OS. It doesn't work well on VM, but you can sign into your desktop from their site, and check it out that way. Works really well that way and natively.
    
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As mentioned the HP Touchpad is running WebOS. It's slick, but there is nothing in the way of app support now ( at least flash works fine though).
    
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I guess I'm just going to have to wait until these become more than just entertainment devices then.

Pretty cool though to see what some people can do.
     
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