My friend Henri Sundelin told few days ago that that he had became tablet-crazy and decided to get himself a proper tablet. Not those proprietary iPad or Android stuff, but a real computer. Ubuntu (Precise) on Samsung Slate 7 article tells that the Windows 7 that came with it was a truly poor excuse for an OS, so he went and installed Canonical’s latest, Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (12.04) Beta 1. Well, his initial impression is that it “kinda” works, but needed some tweaks to work. My friend is going to document my hacks & proof-of-concepts in his blog.
Touchscreen & Pen article tells that the first issue that came along was usage of both pen & touchscreen. In real life, it is totally impossible to use the pen, since you cannot lay your hand on the screen while writing. Who uses paper like that?? What is need is a mechanism to smartly adapt to the input mode we’re using, either pen, fingers or both.
Better approach for on-screen keyboard tells that the on screen keyboards currently available are frustrating. The main issue is that keyboard “floats” on the screen, and typically bounces around the screen depending where you’re writing (unless you actually fix it to the screen, which sucks even more). This is something that Apple, Android, Nokia et al really do way better – the existing Linux solutions are just conceptually copies of similar poor Windows solutions. He modified Onboard so that it always keeps at bottom at the same place, as wide as possible. If editable field would be behind keyboard, we signal Compiz to move that window up so we can see what we edit. The article contains also a link to a video that shows how this hack works.