Where are other Linux-based tablets?

Where are other Linux-based tablets?

Call me crazy, but I would expect a more potent Linux presence in the tablet market. Aside from Ubuntu (and Android), we don’t get to see other Linux distributions fighting for this market. Why that’s the case is beyond me. It’s not like touch-based input only matters for tablets — many of today’s laptops also support the capability, making some things easier to use, and some others – well, more confusion for “traditional Windows users.” Still, “touch” is a big trend and I were personally hoping to see the Red Hats of the world being more engaged in the industry.

The good thing about Linux is that it’s resource friendly, working better than other platforms on a lower-end hardware. I don’t necessarily want a Linux-based Ultrabook (though something like that already exists), but something like Microsoft’s Surface – tablet with a keyboard cover that lets me do some serious computing while on the go. Cloud-based web apps are great but for many tasks I still need software that doesn’t run inside a browser.

Of course such tablet with a cover shell would cost less than what Microsoft is charging for its product, and it could also use a slightly worse hardware while not compromising on performance.

As I used to say in some of my other rants, I can’t be the only one looking to try (and perhaps even buy) something like this. There’s money to be made in devices that make us more productive while on the run. Would you consider a Linux-powered Surface-like device if it was selling for some $400? What do you say?

  • PeterSteinbeck

    Makes sense. I would like a Mint-based tablet. :)

  • m_shark

    Doesn’t make sense. Ubuntu can afford development for touch interface, but Ubuntu is the most user-friendly and casual user-oriented distro out there.

  • dirtmound

    Sub $200 or no one will notice.

  • Janogo

    I would like a Gnome-Shell based tablet

  • chiendarret

    Mosr are forgetting about scientists. As a scientist, I use Linux both non my desktop/laptop and the mainframe. The latter often running on RedHat Enterprise, the former always Debian GNU/Linux amd64. The difference between the two two lies mainly in the packaging, rpm vs deb. If not for commercial reasons, mainframes could run as well on Debian amd64 (perhaps better because it is more frequently updated). Actually, my CPU-GPU workstation works fine witth Debian amd64.Therefore, the tablet the scientist wants to have is one that runs on GNU-Linux, so that there are no problems with ssh/scp with either the desktop or the mainframe. Ubuntu? What’s that? I headrd it is a bad copy of Debian, with some bugs in. Cheers, chiendarret.

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