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The open source operating system for tablet computing can be a real alternative. Linux is that free open source OS system.

When will we see Linux for tablets?

Let’s face it, the tablet PC comparison wars isn’t all that kind to late entry contenders. At the moment, iOS is the unquestionable king of tablet operating systems, with Android and others trailing behind. If you’re a fan of open-source though, then you may be one of the people who’re still hoping to see Linux for tablets someday. Should everything go according to plan, we should see a Linux tablet in the form of the Vivaldi Tablet.

True open-source

Back when netbooks were just starting out, Linux was a popular choice. The operating system was perfect fit because of its customizability and low cost. Linux eventually lost a lot of its share of the netbook market, and it hasn’t done so well in the case of the tablet PC market either. Will we see an open-source tablet and how will it fare against the other players?

According to some tablet PC news sites, there is light at the end of the tunnel for Linux for tablets. The Vivaldi Tablet was available for pre-order for USD 265 (200 Euros) though sales goals have purportedly been reached and the pre-order period came to a close. Vivaldi was previously known as Spark Tablet, but was renamed to avoid trademark issues.

The Vivaldi will run on Mer Core Linux kernel and will use KDE’s Plasma Active as its user interface. The outlook for Linux for tablets is generally optimistic, with other open-source projects working on their own versions of a mobile OS. One of these projects is the Kubuntu Active; it hasn’t been around for as long as Vivaldi, but it does look promising. Two other prominent open-source UIs are may be worth exploring for tablet PCs too: GNOME Shell and Unity.

What can we expect from Vivaldi?

The idea of Linux for tablets isn’t at all new, since way back in 2008, a project called the CrunchPad (later renamed JooJoo) was started. Initially, it was planned to run on Ubuntu Linux and a custom Webkit-based browser. Unfortunately, the project failed to materialize after a couple of years in development. The dream is still alive in the Vivaldi Tablet, and many tablet PC reviews hope to see it eventually.

We’ll keep you posted about Linux for tablets, so stay tuned.

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Linux Tablets

Yes, you read it right: there is hope for Linux for tablets and it may come sooner than you think. The Vivaldi Tablet is coming and it will come with a true open-source Linux operating system. First, what is Linux and what does it have to offer?

What is Linux for tablets?

If you aren’t all that geek-savvy and aren’t too familiar with Linux, then here are a few basics. There are over three hundred active Linux distributions, and each is a Unix-like operating system that works on top of a Linux kernel. Because of Linux’s free and open source nature, it has taken many forms and has been made to run on desktops, netbooks, tablet PCs, servers, laptops, and even mobile phones. Linux is also lightweight enough to be booted from a USB or CD, and its distributions come with free software applications bundled in. Android itself is based off the Linux kernel, though it can only be loosely called a Linux distribution.

Aside from having a lot of options from which to choose, Linux distributions are generally affordable (read: free), lightweight, and very customizable. If you search the web for Linux for tablets though, you’d find assorted results: hobbyists’ how-to’s on how to put Linux on a tablet, a few tablets that come with Linux operating systems, and tablet PC news about upcoming Linux tablets.

Where do I find Linux for tablets?

As mentioned, Linux has been implemented on tablets before, though it really hasn’t made as much of an impact as it did in netbooks in the past. There were tablets like the JooJoo tablet (previously known as the CrunchPad), Shogo Linux Tablet, and FrontPath’s ProGear, that were released with true open source Linux, but both have been discontinued and failed to make an impact. One recent implementation of Linux for tablets is on the Archos 101, which offers dual boot between Android and Linux Angstrom.

According to tablet PC comparison sites, another notable implementation we’ll soon see is on the Vivaldi Tablet (previously known as the Spark Tablet). It is reportedly powered by Mer Core, with the user interface supplied by KDE’s Plasma Active. What do you get out of this tablet PC? Well, it’s currently priced very reasonably at USD 265 (200 Euros) and it promises a truly open source platform. It may take a while before we see tablet PC reviews of the Vivaldi Tablet, but most sources indicate that it is indeed worth waiting for.