I will be going to University soon and am looking for a tablet/netbook on which I can use a stylus to write notes (Chinese characters mostly). I have only found 2 netbooks (with swivel screens and full keyboards) that might work for me. One is the ASUS Eee PC T101MT, and the other is a Gigabyte Touchnote.

Does anyone know of tablets (keyboardless) that Ubuntu fully works on?

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    You should remove netbook from your question altogether. Not the word you're looking for.
    – levesque
    Jul 28, 2010 at 21:40
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    There are 2 different types of computers that will work for me. A netbook with a multi-touch screen and a tablet. This is why I have the tablet/netbook in the question.
    – Conzar
    Jul 28, 2010 at 22:25
  • Likely he is adding netbook because he wants something portable and within the budget of someone living in that region. Feb 14, 2011 at 4:02
  • Multi-touch is not a necessary component of capacitive handwriting capture. There have been capacitive touch- and/or pen-capture devices for a long time, but multi-touch in main-stream operating systems is fairly new. Feb 14, 2011 at 4:03
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Please see this to get help with MultiTouch in Ubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Multitouch#Community%20Help

The same page has a section dedicated to devices currently supported or being tested by the community. Your two choices don't seem listed there but I'd encourage you to file bugs: ubuntu-bug utouch

If you can do so from any of the devices, within a 10.10 live CD, that would be best.


Try Touchbook.

  • Looks interesting. I'll have to keep my eye on this one.
    – jumpnett
    Jul 28, 2010 at 21:52
  • Right now they are not shipping any units because they are working on their latest innovation. So I'm not sure if I will have time to wait for this one.
    – Conzar
    Jul 28, 2010 at 22:29

I currently use a Lenovo X61 Tablet pc with Xournal as my handwritten notes application. There was some custom configuration I had to do, but for the most part it worked fine.


Well Ubuntu is working on multitouch and it should be in either the next release or the release after. Synaptics is making it too but I dont know if thats ready yet.

The touch screens will work it will just move the mouse to the place you touch it just wont do anything special.

  • I had some basic multitouch functionality with my standard Synaptics laptop touchpad awhile back. Nothing special, just two-fingered scrolling that didn't work all that well anyway.
    – DLH
    Jul 29, 2010 at 17:20
  • Macbooks aren't supported by the Canonical work yet. Instead, see askubuntu.com/questions/9460/… for support for the basics (dragging, scroll, etc). Feb 14, 2011 at 3:33

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