Ubuntu on tablets is the latest Ubuntu platform from Canonical, the company behind the popular Linux distribution. Barely two months ago, the company announced Ubuntu for smartphones. Before that, was Ubuntu for TV and before that, too, was Ubuntu for Android.

While Mark Shuttleworth and crew seem to be making all the right moves, making their operating system available on popular hardware platforms, they are having a hard time bringing the most important ingredient for success aboard. That “most important ingredient” is, of course, the hardware vendors. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs).

An announcement of this sort is usually accompanied by a lineup of partners – hardware and software, but so far, Canonical has not managed even one. As far as I can tell, those guys don’t seem to care.

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From information available on the platforms page, Ubuntu on tablets, like its siblings, looks good. In many ways, it looks different from similar products on the market. There is, for example, the traditional login screen that looks just like what’s available on Ubuntu Desktop. While this looks good, the problem here is that unlike desktop computers, tablets (and smartphones) are very personal devices. How often have you shared your tablet or smartphone with another person, even those within your household?
Ubuntu on tablets Multi-user

Look ma, no buttons! Aside from a power button, Canonical is promoting a device with no other physical button on it.
Ubuntu Tablets

Another feature-highlight is called “defense-ready security.” That’s just fancy phraseology for full disk encryption. I think every modern tablet computer has support for full disk encryption, so this is not a unique feature. But it’s nice to see support for it in Ubuntu on tablets. (Note to Mark Shuttleworth: We are still waiting for complete support for full disk encryption in Ubuntu Desktop.)

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There’s more to Ubuntu on tablets than this short piece I’ve written. You may get the details from here. The platform will be on display at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, which takes place from February 25 to 28. Between now and MWC, let’s hope that at least one OEM will publicly show interest in Ubuntu for tablets.

Watch Mark Shuttleworth tout the features of Ubuntu on tablets.

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  1. My PC is Desktop. Core2Due processor 2GB RAM 1TB HDD.
    But for learning this multy boot I used another HDD which has only 160 GB!

    First I Installed the Windows 8.1 according to your suggestion. It was really a very good suggestion.
    On the time of installation Windows 8 will take 350MB as system partition.

    I give partition only 25 GB for Windows 8 and another 25 GB for Windows 7. (Windows 8 and 7 take only 8.5 GB for installing the OS).
    And windows 8 and 7 allow to make only 4 partition. Linux also allows like that. But here I need more than 4 partition. So after installing the first two OS (Win 8 & 7), I used a utility Live CD (Bart_PE) for arranging the other partitions. With the help of that bootable CD I make other partitions. 20 GB as root(/) for Linux Mint17. 18 GB for its Home. 2GB for swap area. Again 20 GB root for Ubuntu14. 18 GB as it’s Home. I give swap area as common for Mint and Ubuntu. (I think we can assign same Home area for Mint and Ubuntu. Then we can save 18 GB space here!) Their is a balance of 20 GB again. I formatted it as NTFS for Windows 8 and 7 user files. This is the partitions I made. Final important.
    >> With your setup, how much of the disk space allocated to the /boot/efi partition is used?

    Ans: I did not manually allocate any space for the boot file of Linux! Because my HDD has no efi partition. Instead, at final step.
    * Device for boot loader installation.
    I simply selected the the option which shows the name and the size of my HDD.
    for eg. dev/sda ATA WDC-WD1600AVDS-6 (160 GB)
    Then continue…

    Thank You.

  2. O.K Thank you very much. Your tutorial helped me do a lot. I have successfully done not triple but quadruple boot (Windows 8, Windows 7, Ubuntu 14, and Linux Mint17) with the help of your tutorial.

    Thank you and for your tutorial.

  3. Hi
    On the 2nd page picture 2 and 7 8 shows “/dev/sda2″ is ‘efi’ partition but only 100 MB. You did not say anything about it!

  4. Hi,

    Your Tutorial is good but much confusing.
    You said “you need to select the “device for boot loader installation.” It should not be /dev/sda, but /dev/sda2”

    The /dev/sda2 is showing as ‘efi’ partition and has only 100 MB! It arise some doubts.

    1. What is this efi partition?
    2. How to create it?
    3. Do we need to create an another 100 MB for that efi partition?
    4. Do we need to disable fast boot of Windows 8 before setting dual boot?

    https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/windows

    5. Please update your tutorial by clearing this area.

    Thank You.

    1. On a computer with UEFI firmware, the /boot/efi partition is where all the boot loader files are installed. If you have Windows 8 installed, that partition is created during the installation of Windows 8, so whatever size it has is what was allocated to it during the installation of Windows 8.

      Therefore, if you are attempting to dual-boot a Linux distribution and Windows 8, you do not need to create another /boot/efi partition. Make that partition the boot loader device.

      If you are attempting to install a Linux distribution by itself on a computer with UEFI firmware and you are creating partitions manually, one of the file systems available is /boot/efi.

      Hope that clears it up.

      1. INSTRUCTION FOR COMPUTER WHICH HAS NO UEFI FIRMWARE.

        At my first attempt I manually selected the partition (that is created by Windows 8 (350MB) during the installation of Windows 8) for the last process.

        * Device for boot loader installation

        But on that time though Windows 8 option is showing on the boot menu. But when selecting Windows 8, It could not boot and the computer is always restarting.

        Therefore, if anyone attempting to dual-boot a Linux distribution and Windows 8, on a computer WITHOUT UEFI firmware,
        you do not select the last option. (This is important for the computer which has NO UEFI firmware.)
        If there is any wrong selection during installation time, please only select the option which shows the name and the size of your HDD.

        * Device for boot loader installation.
        for eg. dev/sda ATA WDC-WD1600AVDS-6 (160 GB)

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