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Old 20. Feb 2013, 06:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"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."

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See also: Ubuntu Follows Windows 8-Like Approach With New Tablet UI
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Looks great how they've integrated the different interfaces into one seamless experience.
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Old 20. Feb 2013, 11:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The video certainly makes it look very impressive.

I suspect it's still going to be difficult to persuade a significantly large enough number of owners of existing tablets to install Ubuntu, in order to make a dent in the big players share of the market. As has been the case with Desktop PC's.

To make a significant and lasting impact they need to start shipping smartphones and tablets with Ubuntu pre-installed, soon, and in large numbers.

I do hope they succeed though.
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To make a significant and lasting impact they need to start shipping smartphones and tablets with Ubuntu pre-installed, soon, and in large numbers.
Exactly. It needs to be preinstalled for it to be popular, at least.
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Sure looks amazing and innovative, but wonder how it'll be in real life.
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Key points:
  • The Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for tablets will work on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The Developer Preview for smartphones will be available for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4.
  • It will be "very easy" for Android developers to develop for Ubuntu.
  • Canonical plans to release Ubuntu 13.10, which includes the the smartphone experience, in October. The tablet experience is expected with Ubuntu 14.04.

Sources: Ubuntu for Tablets Coming to Nexus 7, 10
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Let's hope it's more stable than the 12.04 desktop LTS. Last time I looked there were in excess of 400 recorded instances of whole system freezes across a variety of hardware configurations. The fact that the bug as marked as "won't fix" and then somehow a lot of the messages disappeared hasn't helped.
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Let's hope it's more stable than the 12.04 desktop LTS. Last time I looked there were in excess of 400 recorded instances of whole system freezes across a variety of hardware configurations. The fact that the bug as marked as "won't fix" and then somehow a lot of the messages disappeared hasn't helped.
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Don't agree with the basis of this video review which assumes everyone needs advanced level features in all software. Also, the "missing" apps mentioned compared to Windows would be considered "fringe" at best. I will say though there are many better Ubuntu based distros than Ubuntu itself. I even tried a live session just now of 12.4 and only playing with normal stuff had to reboot the disk several times after the whole desktop froze. Changing themes, scrolling pages in Chrome, this is basic stuff that should not break during a trial session. Mint is light years ahead of this.
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Luckily, Mint boys are making LMDE - just in case if/when Buntu tries to block them (and all the other forks) out ...
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