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Jolla tablet as workstation

asked 2015-01-29 07:35:42 +0300

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updated 2015-01-29 09:32:35 +0300

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Make it possible to use the Jolla tablet as a mobile Linux workstation. Just connect it to a keyboard at work - use it as a Linux workstation during the day - and then leave work with just the tablet when the day is over. No more lap-tops - thank you very much!

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Yes, awesome Ultra-Mobile PC. Canonical was first suggested it.

hyper_sonic ( 2015-01-29 08:32:33 +0300 )edit

and mouse! don't forget the mouse!

cemoi71 ( 2015-01-29 14:27:02 +0300 )edit

I suppose it would require some kind of docking connector which does not exist in Jolla Tablet. I tried HP Elitepad 900 quite while ago, (Windows 8 only unfortunately) which had this, you could put into dock, into keyboard jacket, into extended battery jacket etc. Only problem was that performance was insufficient.

Obi ( 2015-02-01 13:35:47 +0300 )edit

Apart from the screen as lakutalo points out is not going to be supported, you could either use USB-OTG to a USB keyboard and mouse provided the tablet supports that (the phone doesn't) or use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. A bluetooth keyboard works for me with the phone. I've not tried a mouse.

aegis ( 2015-02-02 13:49:04 +0300 )edit

Yes usb-otg is always good.

cemoi71 ( 2015-02-02 14:02:54 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-29 10:02:53 +0300

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updated 2015-02-27 01:32:58 +0300

Ideal would be a dock with plugs for monitor, keyboard and mouse, a true mobile workplace with light-weight desktop apps.

Regrettably that is not going to happen this time:

Let's hope that better hardware could be afforded next time.

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@lakutalo yes but in your link eric said that they are still aware for further products. so hold on!!! let us dream!
a docking station or a dock as you told would be great

cemoi71 ( 2015-02-25 00:04:25 +0300 )edit

That's exactly what I meant. :-) If we draw Jolla's attention accordingly to this thread our dream may come true soon!

lakutalo ( 2015-02-25 09:20:09 +0300 )edit

hmmm then... that is all right. :-)

cemoi71 ( 2015-02-25 19:19:19 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-27 08:47:50 +0300

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updated 2015-02-27 08:48:30 +0300

In theory this should be possible with a USB 3 port that connects to a docking hub for screen, keyboard, mouse and wired Internet. This works very well on Windows, but apparently not yet in the Linux world.

An example of such a solution:

The screen is shared via Display Link, which is not yet fully supported in the Linux kernel. So it seems like a task that's maybe too big to implement in the tablet right now.

Anyway, I think the USB 3.0 solution is preferred over a proprietary port for a proprietary hardware dock.

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Sure, I didn't exclude that. We need better hardware. I'd love to pay more for that and I think others would, too.

lakutalo ( 2015-02-27 11:09:15 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-02 19:47:49 +0300

I think the clarity in this question isn't so much to be used as a workstation, but that the tablet looks/behaves like a laptop when connected to keyboard/mice accessories, or when it is docked (software defined?) as if it were to become a workstation. The hardware answers are made already here, but I think software needs to be considered, as well as the definition of workstation.

I don't like the idea of being constrained to a mouse and keyboard as input tools. Yes, they work, and work well. But if the tablet will become a workstation, then the software should enable the tablet to become both a driver for a monitor and either a second screen or a touchpad with some enhanced regions for typing and gestures.

In my working mode, a stylus is more important than a mouse (signing items and pointing/circling along with drawing) and so how would the idea of a workstation fit that? It would seem that 2.0's changes seem to assume something more than mice as a pointer, but I don't see that from the software in a way that gives clarity towards software that can be designed in that context.

I say all of this to mean that the request is good, but the answer is deeper than fearures. It's about behaviors learned and refined. The Jolla tablet, to be a workstation, needs to affirm what was learned about using a workstation, but should also redefine aspects better given that it can look at this context anew.

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