Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Thu Jun 29 12:01:55 CEST 2023

On Wed, 2023-06-28 at 19:31 -0700, ToddAndMargo wrote:
> Any tablets out there running Xfce?  (Prefer
> Fedora.)


you should say goodbye to three thoughts if you want to use a Linux

1. Don't focus on your favorite distribution, instead focus on suitable

postmarketOS povides Xfce and other environments.

2. Don't expect a Linux environment to improve anything over proprietary
solutions in terms of usability, quite the opposite will be the case.

3. Don't count on the fact that there are real tablets on which you can
simply install Linux, those tablets are thick blocks. The alternative to
these thick blocks is to root a real, but locked tablet.

Consider to first install Alpine on your desktop PC or laptop, so you
can become familiar with busybox, the different package management, the
init system that isn't systemd and it's consequences, IOW hickups you
already will experience, when installing it on a "normal" computer, so
you get an idea, of what it means to install it to an unlocked device.

I never tested postmarketOS which is based on Alpine Linux, but I run
Alpine Linux.

• rocketmouse at archlinux ~ 
$ cat /mnt/m1.alpine/etc/os-release 
NAME="Alpine Linux"
PRETTY_NAME="Alpine Linux v3.18"

FWIW I'm in favour of iPadOS on Apple tablets. I run Alpine Linux on my
iPadPro by an app.

It's free as in beer. App Privacy: Data Not Collected

This is just command line, no Xfce and while the iPadPro's performance
is as fast as lightning when using professional video editing apps, DAWs
etc., iSH is very slow. Apple doesn't like that it is possible to
download and install Alpine Linux packages. Although iSH has not been
kicked out of the Apple app store, problems can still be expected in the

However, iSH isn't unusable crap such as
or .
With iSH you can run your own or other people scripts and replace one or
the other app.

At the moment there is an active thread on Ubuntu user's you should
consider to read.

"I would like to install Ubuntu on my Nexus 10 / Manta using kernel
version 6.1.4"


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