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Ubuntu on ExoPC

Posted by Aapo Rantalainen on December 1, 2011

I got Intel’s ExoPC on my hands and tested Ubuntu on it.

ExoPC is laptop with touchscreen and without keyboard, somebody would call it ‘tablet’. It is not ARM, but 32/64 bit x86 (Atom). It has 2GB memory and 64GB SSD ‘hard disk’.

When I got it, tt has (old) MeeGo  (http://wiki.meego.com/Devices/ExoPC), which went broke when I tried upgrade. Because it is ~standard PC there are many Linux for it (e.g Suse: http://www.meegoexperts.com/2011/09/experiences-exopc-kde/ )

I installed Ubuntu 10.04.3 (latest long-term-supported Ubuntu). Touchscreen was not working, so I upgraded it three times: -> 10.10 -> 11.04 -> 11.10. I used USB-keyboard (and also ssh-server), but it seems there are no any default virtual keyboard. It is very cool device with lots of potential.

Hardware buttons:
System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts
(Or in Gnome: System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts)

There are one button back of the device, power button. It is recognized as ‘PowerOff’
There are one button (proximity sensor?) front of the device, ‘orange magic circle’. It is recognized as ‘Audio media’ (XF86Media or XF86AudioMedia depending on Ubuntu version)

Some critics about software:
Multitouch is not working (at least out-of-the-box). I have no time to investigate this more.

Screen dims when on battery, even asked to not dim:

Touchscreen will not be recognized after after some time of use

Mute/unmute microphone via command line doesn’t work (even toggle is working):

Any use for tablets? Maybe musical game for children? How about JamMo?


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