Tired of running Android on your Google Nexus 7 tablet? You could give Ubuntu a try… or you can take SlateKit Base for a spin. This weekend the developers launched a technical preview of the Linux-based operating system for Google’s 2013 tablet.
SlateKit is really aimed at developers looking to build their own custom tablet user interfaces. But it already supports basic tablet functions thanks to its built-in web browser, lock screen, and on-screen keyboard.
The browser is based on Chromium, the root filesystem is based on Ubuntu 14.04, and there’s support for hardware-accelerated graphics.
Theoretically the software should be able to run on most other devices that run Android 4.4 KitKat, and developer Ping-Hsun Chen is working on creating an installer that works with devices other than the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet.