Linked by David Adams on Wed 16th Jun 2010 18:44 UTC, submitted by Jonathan DePrizio
Linux Canonical recently announced that they are developing a tablet version of their popular Ubuntu operating system, slated to be released in 2011. This comes hot on the heels of the release of the Apple iPad, and the rumors that HP plans to release a WebOS-based tablet sometime late 2010. However, Canonical's foray into the tablet arena is fundamentally different from both the iPad and a WebOS tablet, and unfortunately reeks of a company failing to learn from their competitors successes and failures.
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Fails to consider different strokes
by r_a_trip on Thu 17th Jun 2010 06:53 UTC
r_a_trip
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2005-07-06

Apart from the fact that for now Canonical is not considering a Tabletbuntu, the author assumes that everybody on this planet loves Apple's Computing-as-a-toaster approach. Which simply isn't true.

There will always be that category of people who want to muck about with the hard- and software. A tablet Linux by the nature of its underpinnings would offer that.

I'm not saying Apple's approach isn't valid. For less technically minded people a device that prevents them from shooting themselves in the foot is a good thing. For techies, this handholding is mostly anathema.

The other assumption seems to be that success should be defined as everybody and their dog has one. While the techie market is much smaller, wouldn't "Every techie and their dog has one." be a sign of success for Linux tablets?

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The other assumption seems to be that success should be defined as everybody and their dog has one.


heh. That makes Apple's core products (OSX, desktops and laptops) monumental failures.

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