I just really want a nice Linux tablet that I can take notes on for school. Anyone know of any tablets that are easy to root, or Linux-first tablets?
I meant handwritten notes 😬 sorry y'all
Aquaris M10 has a UBports version
@vickysteeves sorry, I hate doing this, but... Not what you asked exactly but I know someone who really likes their Remarkable tablet. Not Android/Linux. But nice for note taking.
I second using the remarkable, when you only want to take notes.
I first tried taking notes on a normal tablet that comes with a pen, but it did not work out and I used paper again. Then I tried the remarkable and now it is my new note pad for everything.
You can find the ssh root password on the settings page, when you want to tinker with it.
I am very careful, though, as I do not know how hard it may be to reinstall the tablet when I break something.
I have no problems at all. Maybe some older firmware?
You just need to know: It is a writing tablet. I do not even think it makes a good e-book reader. But when you want to replace a note pad or mark things in a PDF file it is fine.
The PDF export itself is not that good (e.g. PDFs are rasterized before exporting), but there are open source tools to convert the internal fileformat to SVG.
And you can copy the cached bitmaps from the device.
@vickysteeves Perhaps a raspberry pi solution with a touchscreen? Not sure about unit costs, but would be more configurable to your needs. Would have to print an enclosure of course, but not too much of a bother.
@vickysteeves wish I did, but no... boosting in case anyone I know has suggestions, though...
@vickysteeves I'm currently rooting for a Lenovo Thinkpad with toch screen. The Yoga 11e is especially designed for your intended purpose, other more powerful series are available. They come mostly with Windows preinstalled but are also available without, even used/refurbished.
@nilsreichert thanks!! this is good info.
@vickysteeves All x86 tablets are theoretically great for it. I use a Dell Latitude 5285 as my main device (like a Surface Pro 4, but with USB-C and not unrepairable garbage) and I'm pretty happy with.
If you're looking for a cheap, secondary device just for note taking you'll be pretty happy about all the old, low spec Lenovo Miixes, Acer Switches and others being thrown around cheaply through classified ads (at least in Germany).
@vickysteeves Do you already have software plans? Special features you are looking for? I do the hand writing on Linux thing a bunch and think I could give a few tips, plus I remember a bit of the research I did to inform my purchase decision.
@solarkraft I really like Xournal++ or Xournal for handwritten note-taking and PDF mark-up, and it works on all OS's. I just prefer Linux (specifically KDE plasma) for my day-to-day work and I know it the best.
I'd love any tips you have!
@vickysteeves Xournalpp is great (plain Xournal I consider close to unusable, but somehow a lecturer of mine gets along with it)!
KDE is a huge pain if you want to use it just with touch or on Wayland with a pen (the Wacom drivers aren't there for QtWayland, don't know about other vendors), so when I know I'll only do pen stuff I tend to switch to Gnome (which is significantly less terrible, almost nearly good).
What *kind* of tablet are you looking for (size, price range)?
@solarkraft 10" preferably, under ~300 USD?
@vickysteeves Maybe the PineTab is interesting for you.It comes with Linux preinstalled and is quite cheap but maybe it's a bit too big for school,I don't know.
@nipos yes I really want to try Pine products they've been sold out for a while
@vickysteeves Yeah,all their cool stuff (Tablets,Phones,Smartwatches) is pretty new and they're very busy with it.The situation can only get better...
@vickysteeves There's Lars Wirzenius's review of the Remarkable Tablet:
@vickysteeves If you can pay for it, I've heard nice things about the Onyx Boox.
@vickysteeves Not exactly a tablet, but I use a remarkable for note taking. It is on the pricey side though so may not suit you: If you can swallow the cost I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one.
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