Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 with Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu is probably one of the most popular Linux distributions available today, and it’s certainly one of the highest profile. So when there seemed to be an indication that a tablet-specific version of Ubuntu was on the way a few days ago, the news was widely reported on this site and many others. But it turns out the whole thing might have just been a misunderstanding, because Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says there will not be a version of Ubuntu designed just for touchscreen tablets.

Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) does plan to continue offering a version optimized for netbooks, as well as a new version of the software called Ubuntu Light which can be installed on computers already running Windows as a quick-boot option.

That’s not to say that you won’t see Ubuntu Linux on tablet-style devices. In fact, we’ve already seen some. But Canonical won’t be making an official build specifically for tablets. It will be up to third party software and device makers to optimize the operating system in ways they see fit for tablets.

via H Online

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