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Old 11-30-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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Tabled / pad with AndroLinux?


After some research and such, I have a quite strange question. Hope you can help me

I'm looking for a cheap or semi-cheap (300 max) tablet or pad with andriod to install linux (best if ubuntu variations) for some gaming (native linux or through wine)

what characteristics should i be looking for?

it must have a quite nice VGA for some games (not too extreme games, something like NWN2, GW or EVE). obviously with support for mouse/keyboard, not only touch screen (best if via USB, so no i dont have to buy new bluetooth stuff)

anyone can point me in the right direction? i'm completely fed up with my netbook (need to upgrade it anyways)

even if im new to linux, im kinda tech savvy, so ask away your stuff
 
Old 11-30-2011, 07:13 AM   #2
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If you want to do some kind of gaming, why would you want tablet or pad? They are not so powerful, I am not sure but not even as powerful as a netbook. The screen size would be very limited and also the overall power of the system. Overall power would be the processing power to multitask and enough physical memory to run bigger and heavier applications. If you want to upgrade a netbook, then how does a tablet or pad fit in it? An upgrade to the netbook should be a notebook.
 
Old 11-30-2011, 07:48 AM   #3
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simple: my netbook has a 1.6ghz CPU and a GMA945 VGA, which limits every single 3d application

plus i would like something thin and comfy i can have on me all day, and when i get home, plug in the keyboard to play online. plus, i love the idea of carrying around android and linux on the same device :P

or maybe i should get a high-end netbook?

PS: the thing to have android and linux at the same time, does it run simultaneisly or seperate?

mac comparison: parallel desktop or boot camp?
 
Old 11-30-2011, 08:45 AM   #4
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I am still not sure if you will find a powerful enough tab for your day to day use. Tablets are not made to replace laptops or netbooks. Tablets surely are more comfortable for carrying around, but it would limit your use and if you want to use it for other than just surfing the net and emails on the go where notebooks or even netbooks would be big. But I still think you are mixing up tabs with netbooks and notebooks. Surely the world is going tiny, but laptops are still not replaceable with tabs.
You can run multiple operating systems simultaneously using some virtualization platform like VMWare or Virtual Box or something similar. But you wont be able to use this on any tab. And I am not sure how many of the tabs allow multi boot option.
My take would be a high end netbook or a notebook that fits your budget. There are notebooks that are small, light and comfortable enough to carry and still give you power.

But finally its your take on it. Its your money and you are going to use it.
 
Old 11-30-2011, 08:51 AM   #5
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will think about it

thanks for your time
 
Old 11-30-2011, 09:42 AM   #6
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I'm (happily) using an asus tf as a netbook replacement.

It's running Android 3.2 and Debian in dual boot.
Both work just fine.

Some comments:
*All good tablets use an ARM based chipset, you'll not find any commercial Linux games for it.
*The Linux NVidia driver works (including opengl) but isn't that powerfull (games run much better on android).
*It's probably one of the harder devices to root (same level as modding a game console), rooting may kill your warranty.
*Many Ubuntu installers/images are available, ONLY DO THIS IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE DOING (...and do make backups...)

Instructions (Android/Ubuntu dual boot):

*http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1191141
*http://rootzwiki.com/topic/8979-romolife-prime-edition/

Last edited by jens; 11-30-2011 at 09:44 AM.
 
  


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