Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Kubuntu not quite right for a Tablet PC

Filed under
Ubuntu

Linux is known for running well (or at least running) on older hardware and exotic platforms. I attempted to install Kubuntu Dapper Drake (6.10) on a Compaq TC1000 Tablet PC. I discovered that while Linux may install on nearly every platform, and run faster than its proprietary competition, it may not always be the best-fitting choice for every environment.

The TC1000, released back in 2003, comes with a Transmeta Crusoe processor running at 1.0GHz, 384MB of RAM (mine was upgraded from the 256MB on-board), a 30GB hard drive, 802.11b wireless, and an Intel e100 10/100 NIC, along with a 10.8-inch display with a pen digitizer. Another neat feature is a set of buttons along the top (in 1024x768/landscape) or right (in 768x1024/portrait) side of the screen that allow quick access to up/down, Ctrl-Alt-Del, Enter, Esc, Tab, and two configurable buttons, one marked with an email icon and the other a Q. I have found that the up/down toggle key (which doubles as an Enter key by pressing the switch in) is extremely useful for the tablet's best use: Web browsing. In portrait mode, the tablet excels at being a great form to view Web pages. The only problem is that most Web pages do not read well at 768 pixels wide. Many printer-friendly versions of pages seemed to work, however.

Enter Kubuntu

Pre-installed with the tablet was Windows XP Professional Tablet Edition. It ran too slow for my tastes, and I also wanted to install Linux. I'm a recent Kubuntu convert, so I chose the Dapper Drake release for my install.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Lakka 2.0 stable release!

After 6 months of community testing, we are proud to announce Lakka 2.0! This new version of Lakka is based on LibreELEC instead of OpenELEC. Almost every package has been updated! We are now using RetroArch 1.5.0, which includes so many changes that listing everything in a single blogpost is rather difficult. Read more Also: LibreELEC-Based Lakka 2.0 Officially Released with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support

Leftovers: Gaming

SparkyLinux Now Powered by Linux 4.10.13, Budgie Desktop Removed from Repos

The Polish developers of the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system are ending the month of April by informing the community about everything good or bad that happened to their open-source project during the last few weeks. First thing first, the distribution is now powered by the latest stable kernel, Linux 4.10.13, so you are urged to update your SparkyLinux installation as soon as possible, and remember to reboot the machine after installing the new kernel. Enlightenment's EFL libraries were also updated, to version 1.19.0. Read more

Raspbian PIXEL Fork Lets You Install and Run the Operating System on a PC or Mac

After announcing the availability of new builds of his AndEX Nougat 7.1.1 Android-x86 fork that lets users run Android 7.1.1 on their PCs, now Arne Exton released a custom build of Raspberry Pi Foundation's Raspbian PIXEL image. Read more