Canonical: Ubuntu tablets due early 2011
Maverick Meerkat meets multitouch
Ubuntu-based tablets could hit the market as early as the first quarter of 2011, says a Canonical exec.
"The devices world is a really exciting space right now and we're really bullish on it," Canonical VP of alliances and OEM services told Network World.
Kenyon's comments jibe with what he told The Reg last month: that Canonical was prepping Unbuntu for in-car systems, tablets, set-top-boxes, and what Kenyon called "the digital home or something you carry around".
But you can wipe smartphones off that list: "We're not thinking about the phone base," Kenyon told us.
Kenyon said that the Ubuntu OS for tablets would be a slimmed-down Linux with a touch-screen interface, and the development is underway for on-screen keyboards and compatibility with multitouch drivers. In the tablet space, the Ubuntu OS will compete with Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and the Intel-Nokia-Novell mash-up, Meego.
Kenyon also told NW that Canonical has been deal-making with Freescale, TI and Marvell, and that it's working with Intel on power-management matters, presumably with attention being paid to that company's recently announced Moorestown platform, powered by its Atom Z6XX processors, formerly codenamed Lincroft.
Ubuntu-for-tablets will be a derivative of Ubuntu 10.10, aka Maverick Meerkat, which is due in October. According to NW, the tablet and netbook Ubuntus (Ubunti?) will be merged into Ubuntu Light, which is based on Canonical's high-speed, stripped-down Unity interface. ®
it's magical and revolutionary
haven't you always wished you could read email while you watch TV? No?
Okay bad example... well maybe there's some reason why you would want to watch TV on it, as you sit in front of your actual TV which will be turned off? No again?
But I'm SURE you want to play music on it, it's just like your regular mp3 player if that were the size of a baking tray. No?
...I've got nothing.
So, not used the latest Ubuntu then?
As an OS is really is pretty good. Most of the apps are pretty good too - the majority of people can easily use OpenOffice as an Office replacement. There are gaps - a decent video editor that doesn't crash would be good, but these things improve at a rate that would put Windows paid for development to shame.
As to good enough - my AP uses Ubuntu/OO etc and is getting on fine. He doesn't have to worry about viruses, and has all the apps he needs. So, yes, it is good enough, but, and this is the real killer, its getting better all the time.
I use Ubuntu, my other half uses Vista - she is constantly swearing at her almost new machine as it chugs along, constantly dropping network connections, locking up, or slowing to a crawl. I have one to two issues, but I know which I would rather be using.
How much are you prepared to pay?
Or how much time would you invest to work on something which fits your needs?
Gimp and Abiword work just fine for my retouching and letter writing needs, KDEs PIM has all I need for mail and calendaring and contact management. More than what Outlook has, like mail filters running on the server instead on the client.
And since we're talking tablets, where's Microsoft at the moment? Obviously not where consumers want it :)