Canonical and BQ's Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet

Canonical's broad vision for Ubuntu Linux is to offer a single, converged personal computing experience across devices. This vision has taken a leap forward with the launch of the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, "the first fully converged Ubuntu device" released by Canonical together with its European partner, BQ. As a converged device, the Aquarius M10 with dynamically adaptive user experience is capable of providing both a true tablet and the full Ubuntu desktop experiences. The former becomes the latter by simply plugging in a monitor via the HDMI port or connecting a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth.

Canonical hopes to offer customers everything they have come to expect from an Ubuntu PC, now on the tablet. Ubuntu is already the preferred desktop OS for more than 30 million users worldwide, and the first Ubuntu phones have proven successful as well. With this latest software release and the launch of the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, Canonical notes that Ubuntu is now the only platform that runs both a mobile-based full-touch interface and a true PC experience from a single smart device. Hundreds of apps and scopes (content-specific home screens) already are available in the Ubuntu App Store.

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James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.