[clug] Portable computing options?

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Sun Nov 17 22:17:13 MST 2013

I have used both iPad+keyboard and MacBook Air for:
- Travel blogging
- programming
- writing
- photography workflow (camera to Flikr)
- a bunch of other stuff

The short version: if you are doing a lot of typing and need a shell, use the laptop. A tablet plus keyboard gives you the worst of both worlds.

I have not run Linux on a laptop for a long time, my last experience involved breaking a laptop when Linux and the motherboard didn't agree on how to hibernate/wake correctly.

But that I digress.

The only use I have for a tablet over an ultra book is reading, and for that there are many options both lighter than The Art Of Computer Programming and cheaper than an iPad Air.

Alex Satrapa | Ph: 0407 705 332

> On 18 Nov 2013, at 15:48, Ben Davies <bdcrux at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I thought I'd throw this rambling post out to the linux list & see
> what might be unearthed.
> Having returned a *third* defective Asus transformer, I'm back to
> hunting around portable computing options for a more suitable (and
> reliable) system. I'm close to ruling out (non-rooted) Android for a
> few reasons (although I've not tried any open source variants). For
> the most part, several things I tried (beyond fairly basic tasks such
> as reading PDFs, watching video, some web browsing, tapping out notes
> or a quick email etc) were frustrating or involved faffing about. I
> also don't like the idea of having a shared device linked to a single
> google account, and needing that to access app repositories.
> I was thinking of things we'd (it'll be shared between 2 people) need
> to use it for (beyond being a video player and PDF reader), and
> thought of: a travel laptop, something to handle some digital
> photography while travelling (backups, moderate editing), a media
> player for the TV, and have useful utils like a bash command line, SSH
> and so forth. All this is pointing toward a "better" solution being to
> try an ultrabook/subnotebook (whatever the lingo is these days), or a
> Macbook air.
> Has anyone else gone through the tablet+keyboard vs slim laptop
> experience & have any thoughts to share?
> [I gather some here have installed a GNU linux distro on a slim
> laptop, although my partner is a mac user & likes that as "middle
> ground" :-) ]
> cheers,
> Ben
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