I’m an Ubuntu newbie, and I’m interested in acquiring a tablet/notebook convertible PC that will run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS without lots of hardware incompatibility and driver tweaking hassles.
In researching my options, I notice that there is a section of the official Ubuntu website called...
• Ubuntu Desktop certified hardware
...that uses the hardware categories ‘Desktops’ and ‘Laptops’. I note that search terms such as ‘Tablet’, ‘Convertible’, and ‘Hybrid’ return no results there.
Although the ‘Ubuntu Desktop certified hardware’ introduction page says, “Each new release of Ubuntu brings exciting new hardware to Ubuntu users. Take a look at Certified hardware by release,” the only release for which it contains data is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. While it covers older convertibles, such as the Dell Latitude XT3 (release date: April 2012)...
“The Dell Latitude XT3 laptop with the components described below has been awarded the status of Certified for Ubuntu.
Releases: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32-bit.
Certification: This system was tested using the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 image”
...it doesn’t seem to cover more recent convertibles, such as the Acer Aspire R7-572 (release date: November 2013 – only Acer model covered: Acer Aspire One, release date: July 2008), or indeed more recent versions of the OS, such as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr. So on first impressions, the ‘Ubuntu Desktop certified hardware’ section seems to be about two years out of date, which prompts me to ask two questions.
- Are there plans to bring the ‘Ubuntu Desktop certified hardware’ section of the official Ubuntu website up to date?
- Are there more up-to-date Ubuntu-related resources online for gauging which recent tablet/notebook convertible PCs run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS flawlessly?