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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Tablet PCs
From: jeffrey l koehn <caveman@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 10:32:48 -0500
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On Saturday 12 October 2002 01:02 pm, you wrote:
> An article in the most recent issue of Popular Mechanics talks
> about "Microsoft's" new Tablet PCs... basically laptops with
> touch-screen LCDs that swivel in a way that you can close the
> 'notebook' with the LCD facing outward, forming a hybrid
> PDA/laptop PC.  Additionally, the display is said to work either
> horizontally or vertically, so you can operate it in standard
> laptop mode (horizontally), or tilt it to the side and hold it
> like you would a clipboard, or an overgrown PDA, and operate it
> in vertical mode.
> The article talks about "a version of Windows XP" with special
> handwriting recognitian software, and other "tablet"-specific
> software.  Manufacturers such as Fujitsu, Acer and Toshiba are
> cited as promising variations on the theme.
> My curiosity is... how long until Linux will have the maturity to
> run on these devices with the same functionality that Windows
> does.  I'm sure Linux could be loaded on the PCs... but until
> Linux supports that flavor of touch-screen monitors (maybe it
> already does?), and handwriting recognition, and a few other
> features... it will still be lagging behind M$ for that niche in
> the market.
> Is anyone aware of any such emerging technologies on the Linux
> front?


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