A few weeks ago I posted very positively about the WeTab, an Apple iPad competitor that runs on Linux. I called it the Mercedes of Tablet computers. Since then I talked about it with colleagues, read tons of reviews and even posted questions in the WeTab Community Forum. Most people & reviews dislike the WeTab. Should I call it now the the bicycle of Tablet computers? For sure NOT!
One thing I can tell: Most negative reviews and opinions are simply outdated. I don’t have the WeTab yet but went to my local MediaMarkt electronics store to check if the allegations are true. Most of the allegations are wrong. Ok, there are a few things that still need to be improved but the company that designed the WeTab (meanwhile called WeTab GmbH) is still working on it and I’m sure they will do EVEYTHING they can to get things right in the long term!
The thing that I’m most worried about is the Android emulation. It’s at a very early stage right now:
Do I still want to get it? Heck, yes. Why? Because per specs the WeTab is the BEST tablet computer right now and the software will for sure improve with time. The people who designed the WeTab live the idea of open-source! For the most part of the software that comes with the WeTab I would need to pay 10$ each at the Apple App Store!
The video below shows the history of the PR-disaster around the WeTab (WePad how it was first called – video in German BTW)
Here a recent review of the WeTab at Computer Bild (in German) – they still don’t recommend it but I think they just don’t understand the idea of the WeTab: http://www.bild.de/BILD/digital/computer/2010/12/27/wetab-neue-version/tablet-pc-ipad-touchscreen-apps.html
If that doesn’t convince you what does? 😀 Ubuntu Linux is really hell of mighty Operating System. Check out this nice Ubuntu Demo here:
Recommended by Commander Sir James Bond 😀 Great stuff!
This is truly the right Linux distro for secret agents.
“Ubuntu Privacy Remix is a modified Live-CD based on Ubuntu Linux. UPR is not intended for permanent installation on hard disk. The goal of Ubuntu Privacy Remix is to provide an isolated, working environment where private data can be dealt with safely. The system installed on the computer running UPR remains untouched.
The risk of theft of such private data arises not only from “conventional” criminals, trojans. rootkits, keyloggers etc. In many countries, measures are taken or being prepared aiming at spying and monitoring its citizens. Ubuntu Privacy Remix is a tool to protect your data against unsolicited access.”
I’m a lucky guy. I got two desktop machines recently for free:
1. A Mac G4 without a hard drive & and a power supply that doesn’t turn on sometimes.
2. A P4 3Ghz, 2GB, GF 7950 & two DVD burners and a broken power supply.
The Mac got a very old HD that I had somewhere but the problem is that this disk is so old that it tries to shut down after 5 mins. Heh… I bought now a new UDMA hard disk but I didn’t have time to build it in yet.
The P4 got a power supply that stopped to work in my Athlon 2600+ … in the P4 it seems to work. I hope it won’t brake again. I bought also a SATA hard disk for it.
So luckily I got OS X (I think the fist version) for the Mac but for the PC I’m now thinking abou the Operating System. XP or Vista? or… yea… Linux? But one that works for games. I was quite suprprised that there are many distros for games like the one of http://www.linux-gamers.net and Ubuntu Ultimate Gamers Edition http://ubuntusoftware.info/
Probably I will install XP (although I have only once license but XPAntiSpy should prevent it from “phone home”) and Ubuntu.
Here is some info on Ubuntu: