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Poll Results: Are you interested in a "true" Linux tablet/pad?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 37% of voters (6)
    A) Heck yes. That thing seems awesome!
  • 31% of voters (5)
    B) Eh...it's a start. Nothing special yet. Needs more powerful parts, features, etc.
  • 31% of voters (5)
    C) It's not going to have a chance in the market.
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post #1 of 51
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So I saw this when looking around notebookcheck.net and thought I'd see what you guys had to think...

Here's the source:
http://liliputing.com/2012/02/265-spark-linux-based-tablet-shipping-in-may-pre-order-in-feb.html
     
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The concept is definitely interesting, and Plasma Active is slick, but this tablet will probably only be popular among Linux enthusiasts. Considering tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are less expensive, I don't see it selling really well.
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The concept is definitely interesting, and Plasma Active is slick, but this tablet will probably only be popular among Linux enthusiasts. Considering tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are less expensive, I don't see it selling really well.

Yeah...that's one of my fears. It just doesn't seem to have enough right now to set it apart or give it an advantage (outside of the OS of course). If it got big retailing showing that might help it out but time would tell.
     
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Nokia had a ok following with the Nokia N series I still have one in fact. But I doubt this will be the next iPad and hopefully not a failure like HP.
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linux without a keyboard = car without a steering wheel. stupid fad IMO

there was a video where someone put gentoo on a smart phone. "it's uh pretty cool that it's possible ... but really it's totally useless"
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Wow guys...I thought I was negative. I mean I agree with the "pads are a fad" sentiment but that's only because I feel like the current options are not designed to be more than just that. I'm not saying this one is anything different but I thought this was a step forward.

@llyod: I guess you're more of the terminal/admin/server mindset? I'm just trying to understand where you're coming from. So I have to ask what you think windows pads will be like? I agree the lack of a keyboard is kind of gutting the usefulness of it a bit but it is a start. And Linux on a cell phone would be great if you design it for that situation. I see Linux as a virus/malleable (Gates/Ballmer reference there) and as such I think it's the best OS for spreading and being used on devices. Just because the outside has changed doesn't mean the inside is anything less.

I guess my dream of Linux being sold on devices more commonly is never going to come true.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post

So I saw this when looking around notebookcheck.net and thought I'd see what you guys had to think...
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http://liliputing.com/2012/02/265-spark-linux-based-tablet-shipping-in-may-pre-order-in-feb.html
You need a "No point, there's already Linux tablets" option.
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linux without a keyboard = car without a steering wheel. stupid fad IMO
Tell that to the millions of Android users out there.
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OK. I really guess this is why we don't/won't see Linux only systems for sale. Seems everyone doesn't want them. Well, there goes my business plan for after school. redface.gif
     
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post #9 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon View Post

linux without a keyboard = car without a steering wheel. stupid fad IMO
there was a video where someone put gentoo on a smart phone. "it's uh pretty cool that it's possible ... but really it's totally useless"

When the interface itself is optimized for a touchscreen, it's more of a pleasure to use than the traditional mouse/keyboard combo. KDE Plasma Active is optimized for touch based input. It's not like your going to run DWM or Fluxbox on the thing.
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i guess i just hate the ipad ... and that hate bleeds over to similar things. wink.gif

idk .. i wouldn't find one very useful. but perhaps others would. linux or not. i also think smartphones are a stupid fad and i refuse to buy one. rolleyes.gif

seriously what would you use this tablet thing for, anything besides a web browser?
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