Canonical Lands Ubuntu Linux on Tablets for Computing Convergence
Continuing to focus on convergence, Canonical unveiled the BQ Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition, the first tablet hardware for Ubuntu Linux.For most of the history of computing, the user experience has been defined and limited by the hardware form factor. Canonical, the lead sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux, is on a mission to create a converged platform where a single operating system is able to power a desktop or a phone and now a tablet. Canonical today launched the BQ Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition, the first tablet hardware for Ubuntu Linux. Canonical has expanded its partnership with device vendor BQ, which has been building and shipping Ubuntu phones since February 2015. "This particular announcement is about a tablet, but don't take that as a sign that we're out to win the tablet market," Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, told eWEEK. "It's more a sign that we're continuing to realize our vision of convergence." With the new BQ Aquarius M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, users will get the benefits of a touch-screen interface as well as the optional capabilities to extend a desktop Ubuntu experience. With Ubuntu, there is a concept of having an adaptive display that will provide users with the appropriate interface based on the device type.
A side-stage interface is available on the tablet, Silber explained. So when a tablet is being used in landscape mode, there is a rectangular window on the right side where applications can be pinned. From the convergence perspective, when the tablet is connected to a mouse and keyboard, the interface shifts into a traditional Ubuntu desktop experience, including desktop applications like the LibreOffice office suite.