Canonical working on Ubuntu for tablets

Perhaps sensing a chance to get in on the lightweight tablet market before Google tools their own tablet-version of Android, Canonical has let slip that they could have a version of the free and popular Linux flavor Ubuntu ready for tablets early next year.

Per a report on, Canonical VP of OEM services Chris Kenyon has expressed enthusiasm for expanding beyond servers, PCs, and netbooks and getting into the tablet space. He credits Apple for firing things up with the iPad. As VP of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) services, he’s already talking to chip and display makers about getting the whole package together for light Linux-based tablets.

Their mobile computing efforts are taking them in two directions. Their tablet version of Ubuntu will be based on the upcoming 10.10 release called “Maverick Meerkat”. In addition, this version will be incorporated into a new version of Ubuntu Light, presumably still as a quick boot OS to run alongside Windows or as the main OS on a netbook or other low-powered PC.

Of course, Canonical has done some big talk in the past about mobile integration, like running Android apps in Ubuntu, and we’re still waiting on that to happen. But with so many tablet makers using older and customized versions of Android as their OS, there is an opportunity for Canonical to step in and establish Ubuntu as a tablet standard.

Via Liliputing

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. It was far, far easier to get Ubuntu 9.10 to work reasonably on a Tablet PC than Ubuntu 10.04. (At least as of the last week of May, which was the week before I opted to buy a Windows 7 license instead.) Consequently, I am now not as enthused as I would have been a couple of months back upon hearing that Canonical and the Ubuntu Community will be working on Ubuntu for tablets.

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