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Pretty sweet, if and when I buy a tablet I will want to run Ubuntu on it for sure.

Here here...Ubuntu may be "the MS of the Linux world"...but they're still more open and their distro offers more choice/freedom/control than Droid, iOS, or Windows RT ever will. Sadly, people don't care about those things.
What about Windows Pro?
post #12 of 22
I want someone, to type a book report, on a touch screen, mmkkay
post #13 of 22
I dunno, I'd go for that if I could afford the tablet. It may be a little limited but heck once I get my hands on it and a Bluetooth keyboard it would become my mobile computer. I actually looked into rooting my old tab (before I stepped on it and found out they don't sell LCD replacements) and seeing if I could get Ubuntu on it but it was a pretty low budget tablet and I never got around to it, but then again I've got access to wifi and stuff.

Beats Android, at the very least, assuming they don't leave anything serious out.
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Cool, looks like I'll have an excuse to use my Nexus 7.
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The minimum requirements are pretty ridiculous. Ubuntu runs on 512MB RAM but their ARM version requires 2GB? They are going to heavily limit themselves to upcoming tablets instead of providing backwards compatibility.

If I'm wrong please correct me.
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The minimum requirements are pretty ridiculous. Ubuntu runs on 512MB RAM but their ARM version requires 2GB? They are going to heavily limit themselves to upcoming tablets instead of providing backwards compatibility.

If I'm wrong please correct me.

I have a feeling that's a recommendation out of fear of people finding it slow on a low spec device. Although they may have some other bloat or just assume people don't kill their programs like they don't kill them in Android or iOS. Nothing is worse than hearing people complain about how slow those pads are while they've got 20+ "apps" running in the background. Android seems to need 1GB to be happy so...
     
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I wonder what would happen if you try to install regular linux apps, say Steam that weren't designed for ARM processors. I'm guessing it will fail somehow but if you do this on an atom based smartphone it might just work. Then you just have to work on getting TF2 and other compatible games working.
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I wonder what would happen if you try to install regular linux apps, say Steam that weren't designed for ARM processors. I'm guessing it will fail.

It will fail no doubt. You don't even have to think about it. Even desktop software for Linux coded in ARM probably won't work well with the tablet interface either. Also, there isn't a chance in hell that you will get your Steam games running on it. It is like getting them to run in Android... it is impossible.

I think Ubuntu will have a ways to go. However, they have some good innovations that might catch on, and the Ubuntu brand name is still known worldwide, so it doesn't look impossible. Also, we might see manufacturers like System76 and other big companies start making Ubuntu tablets if it catches on. However, that is a big if.

If I had a Nexus device (like the Nexus 7, which I really do want), I would run it on there immediately, although it would probably less functional than the standard Android software. Still, I would try it for its novelty tongue.gif
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I wonder what would happen if you try to install regular linux apps, say Steam that weren't designed for ARM processors. I'm guessing it will fail somehow but if you do this on an atom based smartphone it might just work. Then you just have to work on getting TF2 and other compatible games working.

Like Rothen pointed out this isn't possible because of architecture (CPU) differences. It's the reason MS made RT and you can't use the same exes from Win7/8 with RT.

Still wishing the Padfone or Transformer were compatible without difficulty for this. I just imagine then getting E17 or KDE or Plasma Active along side Unity. Just so many potential choices if only people actually valued that.
     
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Well the XDA guys got ARM-compiled exes running on a surface, hopefully theyll be able to run ARM-compiled apps on Ubuntu mobile.
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