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Old 02-24-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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Linux on a Tablet


Hi,

I am thinking of buying a Tablet, preferably with Windows (girlfriend). Is it possible to have both OS's on it the same as my desktop pc?

Thanks in advance for your help

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Old 02-24-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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Hi,
I am thinking of buying a Tablet, preferably with Windows (girlfriend). Is it possible to have both OS's on it the same as my desktop pc?

Thanks in advance for your help
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Possible? Sure, if you have fairly deep pockets.

You would have to get something like the Surface PRO (NOT the RT). The pro is a 'real' computer...that is, i5 with BIOS, etc., and capable of booting from another source (like an external USB device). From there, partition things and install Linux as you'd like, following any of the easily-found how-to guides on dual booting. You don't say what version/distro of Linux you're after, but chances are it'll work if you stick with a fairly mainstream distro.

That said...enjoy spending the $1200 or so on a heavy tablet that doubles as a very small laptop. And, a device you can't upgrade. The teardown video is here:
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Micro...Teardown/18604

In short: upgrading is feasible, but not easy or cheap. So you're buying a VERY expensive disposable device. The Windows RT devices are ROM loaders only, which you can't erase/change/dual-boot.

So...if you want Linux on a tablet, get an Android.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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The Dell tablets have an x86 type processor and would be my choice.
 
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The Dell tablets have an x86 type processor and would be my choice.
Do you mean the Atom CPU's? Those do seem like a better deal, but they can't be upgraded either. Even the 64GB Atom model is $500...and that seems steep for an Atom 'laptop' with only 2GB of main memory, and a small SSD that I can't upgrade. And the i5 w/4GB and 128GB SSD is $850. Just seems VERY steep to me, honestly. I've been using my i7 Vaio for a couple of years now...paid $800 for it (refurb, from Sony), and I've upgraded both memory and HDD, along with Blu-Ray. The 256GB SSD I have now was only $129.

Just seems like a LOT of money for a device that I can't repair, or upgrade when I outgrow. Each to their own, though.
 
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Thank you both for your replies.

TB0ne I had a feeling I wasn't going to be able get the 2 OS's on the one tablet without excavating my deep pockets :P
I think I might just leave it just now until the prices come down a bit.

I have been looking at the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet with a view to getting the 2 OS's on it. Do you know anything about these? I have just came across one for the first time and know very little about apart from web searches.

Am not too worried about graphics as I see the Lenovo doesn't have any :P But it appears ro be a fairly decent machine.

jefro I have to agree with you on Dell, they appeared to be the first main stream company to offer Linux pre-installed on their Pc's. But their Tablets ain't cheap
 
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Thank you both for your replies.

TB0ne I had a feeling I wasn't going to be able get the 2 OS's on the one tablet without excavating my deep pockets :P
I think I might just leave it just now until the prices come down a bit.

I have been looking at the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet with a view to getting the 2 OS's on it. Do you know anything about these? I have just came across one for the first time and know very little about apart from web searches.

Am not too worried about graphics as I see the Lenovo doesn't have any :P But it appears ro be a fairly decent machine.

jefro I have to agree with you on Dell, they appeared to be the first main stream company to offer Linux pre-installed on their Pc's. But their Tablets ain't cheap
Well, if you just want to dual-boot, the only thing you have to really have is a 'real' computer. Something that runs Android or WinRT that loads from ROM won't work. As long as the Lenovo can boot from USB, you're pretty well set, I think. But spending that much on something 'disposable' doesn't sit well with me.
 
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Well, if you just want to dual-boot, the only thing you have to really have is a 'real' computer. Something that runs Android or WinRT that loads from ROM won't work. As long as the Lenovo can boot from USB, you're pretty well set, I think. But spending that much on something 'disposable' doesn't sit well with me.
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Yeah I already got one of those. This PC dual boots Ubuntu/Vista. I have phone software installed in windows and a couple of other things that won't run on Linux.

My main problem with Android is it won't run Sky Go? Pretty pointless for me as I watch a lot of sport. As far as the Lonovo goes am still not a hundred percent sure whether it'll boot from the usb. And I won't be buying it till I know for certain. I Would be well impressed if I ended up with one and it didn't boot from it :P
 
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Very few tablets would be considered long term investments. Even though I hate Dell and they owe me $60 I still have to say their $220 atom tablet would be my choice. If anyone at Dell wants to pay me back my $60 I'll take it.
 
  


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