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I tried 12.10 and my Acer Iconia W700 was unusable, so I gave up and waited for 13.04 and it is unusable again. I can get tips when I click in the left toolbar thing and I managed to start Firefox, but that is it. I can't get into settings. This is way more jarring than Windows 8. I really hoped Ubuntu would save me from Windows 8, but it seems like a total fail.

Edges do nothing. The UI is unresponsive apart from hints and being able to drag boxes on the desktop. How can I get Ubuntu working on this tablet?

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You seem to be confusing 2 things here, 1-Ubuntu for the PC and 2-Ubuntu for Phones/Tablets. The first is not specially made for touchscreens, sure it works but you're to use it with a keyboard and a mouse, the second is a yet-to-be-released version of Ubuntu (available for testing on selected devices) that is for touchscreens. – Uri Herrera May 12 '13 at 5:45

An Intel-based tablet (Core i5, 11.6", .95Kg, cooling fan).

This will probably be a great platform for Ubuntu desktop with touch interface someday.

However that is not where the market is focused ..

Have you tried out Ubuntu Touch 13.04 on an ASUS/Google Nexus 7 (or the larger Nexus 10)?

Ubuntu Touch

This is excellent work-in-progress, but its not about the full desktop experience on a smartphone or tablet.

Its about mobility ..

Google Nexus 7 tablet .. to be Ubuntu’s ‘reference’ device

Ubuntu Touch - Project page | How to Install | Release Notes

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