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The only bad thing is it seems that they're limited to officially just Nexus devices at this time. The other thing is I'm not happy (though I understand why they did it) with them showing off using Google Docs when there are things like Libreoffice and openoffice.

Either way. Really wish this gained some traction as I'm tired of looking at all the pads out there and wanting to use them but having really no reason as they can't do as much do to the OS/program limitations on them.
 

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Wow, I really love the way Ubuntu is going. That interface looks fantastic on the Nexus 10, I'll be sure to try it out when it release in a few days. It utilizes the space on the screen so nicely, looks like it will be a dream to use. I can't wait!
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Pretty sweet, if and when I buy a tablet I will want to run Ubuntu on it for sure.
 

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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.
 

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You are still so limited by a touch interface I am not sure a full OS is really helpful. Plus I am so invested in Google that I could never switch.

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That is among the things I'm not happy with the "launch" of Ubuntu for tablet. Honestly, I feel like if they could have gotten a deal with Asus for any of their Transformer lines then Ubuntu would have had serious competitive foundations. I mean you can probably still connect USB based keyboards or peripherals but it's not the same. As for the whole Google for an OS thing...I'm not willing to lay down money to have the constant connectivity that their devices really require to be useful for the most part. I frequent regions of the US with nothing more than dial-up at best. And as much as I would like the convenience that Google offers...the restrictions/limits just seem to much of a trade off.

Ultimately, I would love a Padfone 3 with Ubuntu or the ability to install another distro. Right there...I might consider completely consolidating and sacrificing gaming just to afford that.
 

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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?
 

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I want someone, to type a book report, on a touch screen, mmkkay
 

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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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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.
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
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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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