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Fedora on tablets?

asked 2011-11-17 10:39:16 -0600

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updated 2011-11-25 22:17:18 -0600

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Recently, Ubuntu announced that will try to enter inside the tablets market. It's the future: smartphones and tablets, I think...we will be soon in te post-pc era. Nowadays Android is the only Linux "distribution" in this world. Could it be possible having a tablet-spin of Fedora...? Maybe the ARM SIG or other 2n-architecture SIGs should be helped in some manner...

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answered 2011-11-19 12:05:30 -0600

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please also read these two articles on LWN on fedora ARM effort, with history and current status

Creating a Fedora ARM distribution 1

Creating a Fedora ARM distribution 2

a good insight from developers point-of-view.

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answered 2011-11-18 02:48:27 -0600

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Yes there is a way around ARM port but because there are some constaint about different ARM proc (v7, v9…) you won't have one standard Fedora ARM image.

Checkout the ARM wiki page. And yes, Fedora 15 for ARM is out, and next would probably be Fedora 17. Let's have a hot dog tablet!

Moreover, if you're interested there is an intarnational Freeing tablet contest. Read the AFULtab contest page.

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answered 2011-11-20 12:33:14 -0600

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Maybe as a temporary solution you might have a look at Atom based tablets; Personally I would of liked to have a WeTab right now.

It was actually a netbook in a tablet format with 6-7 hours of battery live and more accessible for a casual fedora installation tha ARM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBq66fEVYzo&noredirect=1

However the thing is no longer available unless you buy second hand.

Seems to work very nice with Fedora 16.

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answered 2012-02-09 11:08:25 -0600

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I am currently running F16 on a WeTab 32Gig tablet. I ran, happily and relatively successfully f15 for longer than I wanted to. I am waiting for better touch interface, yes, but i also use a USB mouse and bluetooth keyboard most of the time. There is a lot possible with fedora on this tablet, but realise that this is a real piece of hardware, not a neutered netbook like an iPad or Streak. That is what makes it work. so... it is quite doable. The WeTab is still available through the web order page, but I am not certain that they will deliver to the US, I picked mine up in Netherlands last summer.

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answered 2011-11-23 11:28:45 -0600

msava gravatar image

I figure that X.org will soon be replaced by Wayland anyway!

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answered 2013-02-19 14:35:44 -0600

q2dg gravatar image

Well, today Canonical has announced Ubuntu for tablets. Is someone in Fedora willing to do something similar?

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answered 2011-11-20 10:15:50 -0600

q2dg gravatar image

many thanks to all of you!!

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answered 2011-11-20 21:09:08 -0600

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updated 2012-02-09 20:21:44 -0600

One difference between Android and Fedora is that Fedora uses the X.org server for its video display and Android does not.

X.org 1.11 in Fedora 16 does not have multi-touch input support.

X.org.1.12 in Fedora 17 will have support for multi-touch input. The following URL references the feature page for Multitouch support.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Multitouch_support

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answered 2011-11-17 11:13:40 -0600

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updated 2011-11-17 11:15:26 -0600

I read an article recently that there is already a group at Fedora working on ARM ports. I think I read that they are skipping Fedora 16 and working on 17 to try and do a release near the same time that regular Fedora 17 comes out. Also, as for a tablet interface, I think you can still install the Meego interface from the repositories.

Although, I think since Nokia dropped out of Meego, Intel has changed the project name to Tizen.

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