Ubuntu just announced a tablet OS


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Shaun N.

With unique multitasking productivity, effortless navigation and defence-ready security, Ubuntu raises the bar on tablet design and sets a new standard for the post-PC era. Bright. Brilliant. Beautiful. And naturally neat.

Source: http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/tablet

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Detection

Ooh, that could be something pretty great, guys at XDA have been porting Ubuntu to the TF101 but so far it is not good enough for a daily for me to wipe my Droid yet

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LaP

I think they have a better chance of succeeding in the tablet market than the phone market. Gotta be hard tough.

Looking really great.

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Dot Matrix

So with Microsoft creating Metro for its platforms, and Canonical creating Unity for its platforms, anyone else still not believe me, when I say this stuff isn't going away?

It won't be long before Google and Apple follow suit.

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TheLegendOfMart

Looks like a Nexus 10 with Ubuntu OS on, love the look of the OS very slick.

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Shaun N.

Splitscreen looks familiar.

It can be lose or static, I prefer the way Ubuntu did it compared to Windows 8

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firey

So with Microsoft creating Metro for its platforms, and Canonical creating Unity for its platforms, anyone else still not believe me, when I say this stuff isn't going away?

It won't be long before Google and Apple follow suit.

Unity still has icons and docks and various other desktop-esque features. Also a tablet/phone != Desktop there is much more limited processing and screen space. So no one questioned how things on a tablet would be as full screen single process devices were around long before windows did metro.

Metro on Desktop is still a no-go for long term use in my opinion.

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Brandon H

i quite like it, it looks promising

and also makes me wish the Padfone (2 or 3 when it inevitably comes out) would come to the US already

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TheLegendOfMart

It can be lose or static, I prefer the way Ubuntu did it compared to Windows 8

It also does charms/gestures better than Windows 8 as well, swipe from left gets you access to all the apps without taking up full screen, swipe down from top right gives you access to messages, settings etc.. while holding and swiping horizontally to select.

I'd love to give this OS a go.

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Arceles

I can say that I look forward to a Ubuntu phone version for my xt890....

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siah1214

It also does charms/gestures better than Windows 8 as well, swipe from left gets you access to all the apps without taking up full screen, swipe down from top right gives you access to messages, settings etc.. while holding and swiping horizontally to select.

I'd love to give this OS a go.

User preference. Swipe from left on Surface gets you the apps you're running now. It's a fantastic system. And I'd hate my Surface without search and share charm functionality, I seriously depend on it now.

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nub

Am I correct in assuming Netflix will never be available for this?

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firey

Considering there is netflix for android, and I am pretty sure Netflix does work on Ubuntu it should work.

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Chasethebase

Fixed the thread title, since the hardware is a Nexus 10.

Looks really slick and smooth. (Y)

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The Evil Overlord

Lol is it called 'android'?

Sorry, had to do it.

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matt4pack

Does this run on ARM or x86? Don't really see anything great about it and we already have a linux based tablet os. Not sure we need another.

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techbeck

Ooh, that could be something pretty great, guys at XDA have been porting Ubuntu to the TF101 but so far it is not good enough for a daily for me to wipe my Droid yet

I did not know that. Still have my TF101. What problems does Ubuntu have on it?

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Noir Angel

So with Microsoft creating Metro for its platforms, and Canonical creating Unity for its platforms, anyone else still not believe me, when I say this stuff isn't going away?

It won't be long before Google and Apple follow suit.

Canonical aren't stupid enough to force it upon their desktop OS and make it impossible for users to get rid of. Unity is by no means great but I still find it to be a lot more usable than Metro, but Ubuntu are still developing for tablets and smartphones separately as they actually seem to realise that bastardisation isn't a good idea.

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I did not know that. Still have my TF101. What problems does Ubuntu have on it?

Last time I checked, they had no hardware acceleration for the UI and there were issues with audio iirc, that was a while ago though so things might have been fixed since then

The instructions to flash it were fairly time consuming too and required an old Android ROM to act as dualboot too,

Something about having to boot into recovery to boot Ubuntu too, enough to put me off

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TheLegendOfMart

User preference. Swipe from left on Surface gets you the apps you're running now. It's a fantastic system. And I'd hate my Surface without search and share charm functionality, I seriously depend on it now.

Yeah sorry I meant launch apps, not the apps running.

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Brandon H

Canonical aren't stupid enough to force it upon their desktop OS and make it impossible for users to get rid of. Unity is by no means great but I still find it to be a lot more usable than Metro, but Ubuntu are still developing for tablets and smartphones separately as they actually seem to realise that bastardisation isn't a good idea.

and better yet. as the video stated the UI steps up to the tablet UI if you plug your phone into a tablet (like you can do with the tabfone) then steps up again to the Unity desktop if you connect a keyboard and mouse

this is a concept that i really like and am glad they are finally implementing it

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techbeck

Last time I checked, they had no hardware acceleration for the UI and there were issues with audio iirc, that was a while ago though so things might have been fixed since then

The instructions to flash it were fairly time consuming too and required an old Android ROM to act as dualboot too,

Something about having to boot into recovery to boot Ubuntu too, enough to put me off

Yea, screw that. Doesnt sound like it is worth the trouble. Thanks for the info.

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