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Considering a Lenovo Tablet PC, (not sure which one yet).

Will UBUNTU work with full tablet functionality including touch screen?

Do any touch screen Tablet PC's work? (Panasonic, HP, Dell, etc...)?

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This is what live cd / usb is for make one for your tablet boot it a choose try Ubuntu. If it works on the live media it will work when installed. As far as I know Ubuntu has full touch support... –  mark kirby Aug 15 '12 at 13:10

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I had success with an older HP TC1100 with the exception of screen rotation, but it would be best to make a USB boot (or use an external USB CD/DVD drive) and test the hardware from that.

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The Lenovo Thinkpad X220i Tablet is Ubuntu certified (for 11.10), as is the ThinkPad X201 (for 10.04).

The Lenovo Ideapad S10-3T (keep in mind that this is a convertible netbook/tablet as opposed to a "pure" tablet) was featured in this episode of the Linux Action Show, and apparently works very well with 12.04 (numerous threads on the Ubuntu Forums indicate that this model is not at all well-supported by earlier versions). If I recall correctly, screen rotation functionality was still lacking, but the LAS guys had set up a simple workaround.

While multitouch was added to Ubuntu a couple of years ago (as per this article) and I have seen YouTube videos of the S10-3T (as well as other tablets) that show multi-touch working very nicely (such as this one), the research I have done has not turned up any information about actually getting this to work, and has yielded many examples of unsuccessful attempts. Basic single-touch functionality is all there though, and I'm sure multi-touch will come soon enough. Until then though, it is worth mentioning that you can use a program called Touchégg to create useful touch gestures.

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As long as they are built on a Intel chipset, they will probably work quiet well.

Beware: Tablets with ARM CPU architecture, built for Windows 8 RT, will not work with Ubuntu out of the box, due to the Microsoft Secure Boot feature(?!?)...

There is still a way to make these run Linux, using Fedora or maybe SuSE Linux

Microsoft Inks Pact with Fedora Over Windows 8 / Secure Boot

SUSE Linux Outlines Its Plans for Windows 8 Secure Boot

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I can't speak for all the Lenovo tablets but I have been running 12.04 on an X60 (tablet-laptop convertible) for some time now and 11.10 before that. Most of the functions work out-of-the-box, with a few exceptions. For example if you want to use the tablet stylus with a 2nd monitor hooked in you will need to run MapToOutput to reassign the cursor to the tablet screen only. The screen rotate button doesn't work but you can either use a rotate script as I do or use the Jupiter power app which has a display rotation option. The finger print reader works fine but I set it up on windows before I changed to ubuntu so I cant vouch for that. All the other hardware buttons and function buttons seem to work out of the box. Again I can only verify this for an X60 so go with the others suggestions and try it out with a live USB.

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