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____/ bbgruff on Tuesday 30 Aug 2011 13:12 : \____
> On Tuesday 30 August 2011 12:38 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> ____/ bbgruff on Tuesday 30 Aug 2011 12:06 : \____
>>> On Tuesday 30 August 2011 09:12 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>>>> Ubuntu-powered Tablet Computers: Will they work or wonât they?
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>>>> | Although essentially every other software company (except Microsoft of
>>>> | course) has been relying on the good old Android, there have been some
>>>> | whispers about the porting of Ubuntu to these sleek gadgets. Whatâs
>>>> | more, a Chinese company is already working on a fully functional
>>>> | Ubuntu-powered tablet computer.
>>> Ah - but for Ubuntu tablets, Linux will need a new GUI.
>>> It would be nice if that UI could be used on both tablets
>>> (touch/gestures), *and* on desktops - e.g. a docked tablet, using a K/B
>>> and mouse or touchpad.
>>> In other words, we (Linux) need a unified interface.
>>> Perhaps, when somebody dreams it up, we could have a competition to name
>>> it? I vote that we call it Unity.
>> This is what Jono Bacon told me about the purpose and the name of Unity.
>> We shall see how it works out. Mind you, KDE4/Plasma and GNOME3 also did
>> the adjustment for mobile devices, so Unity reinvents the wheel.
> Fair comment, but I think it's the way things will go, Roy - the "desktop's"
> job being done by a docked tablet, even a docked phone or phone-sized
> device, or in the extreme a docked Raspberry Pi or similar!
> As far as Ubuntu/Unity is concerned, I'm happy. All other things apart, I
> can see that I could use Unity on a tablet, dock the tablet without
> switching off, and continue using Unity or even swap to Gnome.
> In this, we've taken our eye off Microsoft for a moment, but I think that
> they appreciate the situation. Their tablets (in future) will be running
> Windows 8, and *not* WP7. Hence, they too have got the situation covered.
> Apple I'm not so sure about. Their iPad runs what amounts to a phone OS -
> how does it get on when docked?
> Things are changing, Roy :-)
Apple and Microsoft have fragmented and inconsistent UIs (iOS vs OS X and Windows vs WP7).
I guess it's Linux which is now unifying UIs, making things easier to use.
~~ Best of wishes
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