Tablets especially designed for Linux are finally here and KDE Plasma Active begins its rise to new heights in popularity as it finds itself at home on these latest tablets.
What do you get when you get a Linux Penguin and and iPod? Well you might think you’d end up with a Linux based iPod player, but what we’ve actually ended up with today is the first tablet truly designed to host any number of Linux based operating systems– the PengPod – and the pre-orders which people began making late last year have now begun shipping. The Linux tablet is now a reality.
Although it’s quite possible to take an Android tablet and modify it by getting a Linux OS on it, they weren’t designed for that. The PengPod on the other hand was made just for such independent Linux OS installations. The company is offering MicroSD Cards with the Linux image of your choice. Of course the selling of Linux images on SD cards in-and-of-itself is nothing new, but we suppose the point is that the PengPod tablet is made just for this purpose.
As seen in the video, the tablet is running openSUSE and the graphics transitions are smooth as KDE Plasma Active truly shows that it’s a real competitor in tablet OS development. Of course with competition from companies such as Google and Apple, such Linux based operating systems may not get the exposure they deserve today, but with developments such as this continuously being made, some day we expect the wold to take notice. We talked a bit about KDE Plasma Active a few months ago (see Related Links), and it runs like a dream on the PengPod.
The PengPod comes in a 7-inch or 10-inch tablet that uses a 1.2Ghz Allwinner A10 SoC, has an HD video co-processing with 3D graphic acceleration, Wi-Fi, a front-facing camera and even an HDMI port and it starts at only $99. You can then purchase your Linux OS on MicroSD for as little as $8 for a 8GB Micro SD Card with bootable Linux Image. The 10-inch display is only $185.
Another Linux tablet, Vivaldi, is expected to debut in Q2 of 2013. The Vivaldi will is expected to ship with:
* 7 inch 800×480 multi-touch capacitive displat
* 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with Mali 400 GPU
* 1GB DDR2 RAM
* 8 GB Nand Flash Disk
* Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (3G via USB External)
* 1.3 MP built-in front facing camera
* HDMI 1080P Output
* 2 USB ports
* MicroSD slot
The Vivaldi tablet is a actually a development by the KDE development team themselves and will also come with the KDE Plasma Active user interface.