[clug] Two questions about Tablets

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 03:58:54 MST 2011

On 16 December 2011 21:49, Eyal Lebedinsky <eyal at eyal.emu.id.au> wrote:
> I will go one further.
> From my little experimenting with a tablet (I use an Acer A501) I note a few
> major
> subjects that one should accept from the outset.
> - a tablet is not a computer, it is a large phone. Pretty much anything I
> thought
> I can do I found difficult compared to a laptop. Cannot browse the fs. SD
> card *not*
> treated as plain extra storage. Check your options for printing from the
> tablet.
> - when you use a tablet you give up all control. Programs run when *they*
> want and you
> have no say. I could not install *any* (I tried a few) email readers which
> did dot
> ask for my password upfront and would not let go. I have to delete the
> account if I
> want to remove the password (or I hope it is removed). No option to enter
> password
> when I want to connect. In short, all passwords kept (and I understand that
> not
> securely) and the *only* protection is the screen lock. Much written on this
> on
> the 'net.
> - programs running when they want mean that your 3G usage is out of control.
> For example,
> google maps starts up at will and connects, as do many other programs like
> social apps
> etc. (I do not use any yet they start and run in the background). Only safe
> solution
> is to turn off mobile data, which is not what I want.
> If one accepts the above then a tablet may be a really useful on-the-go
> reader,
> browser and what not. I agree though,  with Alex, that Ultrabooks look like
> a very
> attractive proposition.
> Also, if you are happy to root the device, and set it up to your liking,
> then your
> experience could be much happier.
> cheers
>        Eyal
> n.b. I know that I am paranoid, but in this case they *are* after me :-)

With Ubuntu working on Unity, and KDE also trying to develop a
touch-friendly interface, are any distros installable and usable on
one of these tablets?

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
Ivan.Miljenovic at gmail.com

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