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Old 1st August 2012, 12:40 PM
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Fedora on tablets

Other than the expensive Thinkpad x61 (tablet version) and other than wierd android tablet hacking, is there a proper tablet (or tablet laptop) I can purchase that works with fedora (like a normal computer?)

Things such as...


Strongly suggest they do exist, and yet all I can seem to find is crippled iPads and Android based things or strange chinese pads requiring custom linux distros.

This is quite frustrating.. All I hear about nowerdays is tablet computers, and yet none seem to exist in the world. Even the thinkpad tablet is completely locked down to just being an android based buying platform.

I would love to find a common tablet PC where I can do stuff on it other than "buying apps".

Surely I am not alone? :/

Edit: Here are some more (overly optimistic?) links.


Why? We cannot even install Fedora on 99.9% of consumer ARM devices.


Why? Microsoft have already stated that their ARM devices must not use anything but a signed Microsoft operating system.


?? How can Fedora be a tablet OS when it doesn't yet run on any known tablet lol.

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Old 1st August 2012, 12:56 PM
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Re: Fedora on tablets

Gnome delusions of grandeur?

Only thing I can think of. Fedora is just too big/bloated. Neither Gnome nor KDE will operate in less than 512M, and only functions well with 2-4GB. Other DEs might work in 256-512M but there will be little space for all the utilities.
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Old 2nd August 2012, 09:37 AM
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Re: Fedora on tablets

Lol, yeah it does seem this way.

But perhaps a smaller WM (with a virtual keyboard) could have worked.

That is... if Fedora could even be installed on a pad full stop.

I guess we shall just have to wait another 5 years until an open tablet comes along... sounds like innovation to me :/

Until then, even though I am not an admin on this forum, I think the word "tablet" should be censored and the user talking about them given a warning

I think I may have finally found a tablet that can potentially run whatever OS we want


It uses atom so isnt locked down to the Microsoft bios crap.

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Old 2nd August 2012, 01:55 PM
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Re: Fedora on tablets

I would like to see the same basic hardware but with a 64 bit ARM and Linux.

Way more battery life.
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Old 2nd August 2012, 04:12 PM
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Re: Fedora on tablets

There are some convertible netbook or laptop machines with touchscreens that twist around into a "tablet" mode. ASUS T91[-MT] is one example (which I own). Downside of that machine though, is poulsbo graphics, which means can't run a composited desktop.
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Old 2nd August 2012, 06:51 PM
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Re: Fedora on tablets

Just kicking out there that I still love my $150 HP TouchPad with WebOS who runs both ubuntu and gnome just fine thank you.

Now I believe HP use to sell a Slate and Ièm confident you can find an old tablet pc (not as you described, more like a tablet... wrong name maybe) which were just an x86 with a touch screen.
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