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Re: [Question #291885]: Issues with new ubuntu tablet
Question #291885 on Ubuntu changed:
Liam Proven posted a new comment:
Hello from another Ubuntu old-timer, a user since 4.10 "Warty Warthog"
in 2004, and an IT professional since 1988.
I do not wish to go on the attack or be unjustly ad-hominem, but I think
you either have unrealistic expectations of Ubuntu on tablets, or have
not done your research.
The touch versions of Ubuntu are as-yet unfinished products. They are
broadly equivalent to somewhere between Mac OS X Server in the late
1990s, or the OS X Public Beta. This is incomplete prototype code on a
As an Ubuntu user you are presumably familiar with Unity. If so, you
should know that the touchscreen version (Unity 8), which runs on the
Mir GUI engine, is a different branch from the desktop version (Unity
7), which runs on conventional X.11. The desktop releases do not yet use
Unity 8 as it is unfinished, although you can try it:
In desktop mode, there is no onscreen keyboard, because being in desktop
mode means "having a physical mouse and keyboard connected". Firefox
only works in desktop mode; this is a documented restriction. It's been
discussed previously on the Ubuntu mailing lists -- but I have never
seen you there, I think.
The tablet runs on an ARM processor. There is no desktop-Linux Flash
player on ARM, as far as I know, only on Android.
As for missing apps such as a shell, a file manager, etc. -- this is
absolutely standard for phones and tablets.
Yes, you will need to re-learn it. This is a new OS, with a new GUI
layer and a new desktop and new apps, running on a new processor. It is
*not* desktop Ubuntu with touchscreen support. That's why it is taking
Canonical a long time to get it working.
FOSS-based phone/tablet OSes are very new and immature. If you are
expecting mass-market consumer-ready polish, then buy iOS or Android. If
you are willing to accept a bumpy ride to be on the bleeding edge, then
you might try Jolla's Sailfish tablet. It too is very new, but Sailfish
is a somewhat more conventional Linux distro -- it has a window manager
and so on, being based on MeeGo, derived from the Nokia-sponsored Maemo
and Moblin. Sailfish has been shipping for over a year, I believe, and
is thus rather more mature.
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