[ubuntu-uk] Microsoft Surface Release, Will there be something similar from Ubuntu?

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Mon Jun 25 12:19:43 UTC 2012

On 25 June 2012 12:18, David King <linuxman at avoura.com> wrote:

> **
> Now that Microsoft have announced they will release a new tablet running
> Windows 8, this would be a good time for Canonical to put together a tablet
> running Ubuntu.
> Does Canonical have any plans to do this? So long as it was competitively
> priced, it could do really well, and especially if it can run Android apps
> as well. (The Blackberry PlayBook can run some Android apps even though its
> OS is QNX-based.)
It would be simple enough to do - there is a tablet called Vivaldi which
has a KDE front end and Mer Linux underneath and that's based on a freely
available Chinese tablet called the Zenithink C71. However, that's not the
point. Surface, like the iPad is an integrated product, with all components
ultimately being produced by Microsoft - the hardware is currently built
under licence but they want to bring it in house.  I wouldn't expect
Canonical to want to do that as it's counter to the principle of free and
open software, and indeed hardware, which is why they're looking for
partners for the hybrid phone/PC device and other hardware.

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