I’d like to run Linux on a tablet. I don’t mind too much which Linux or which tablet. I have tried a couple of permutations so far without success.
I have read an article (http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/install-linux-on-your-x86-tablet-five-distros-to-choose-from-1162825) that shows Opensuse working successfully on an Acer Iconia W500. The problem is that that particular tablet is too large for me, I really need one of about 8" max. However, running Opensuse looked pretty good, and there is clearly a pre-configured tablet install option which looks promising, plus the documentation has a chapter covering tablets, so Opensuse seems like a good choice of distro (plus it is one I have used before, so some prior experience).
The W500 has an AMD chipset which maybe avoids some of the problems that Intel chipsets set up (because of EUFI boot) but I have got hold of an Acer W3 with an Atom chipset in it - seems like it should be easier than dealing with the newer Baytrail chipsets, and I have successfully run Linux on Atom-based motherboards before.
So, I have a choice of distro that has been shown to work on a tablet, and a tablet with an Intel chipset, and I am hoping someone can offer some help to get the W3 to run Opensuse. I have been able to run it on the W3 in Vbox under Windows: it looks ok and everything works but it is hopelessly slow.
I have tried installing it from a DVD via USB, but even with Secure Boot disabled and USB-DVD set to first in boot sequence, it does not boot the DVD. As an alternative, I have tried installing via unetbootin. This has successfully installed a boot loader which offers Windows or Unetbootin as bootable operating systems. It boots Windows ok, but if I choose the Unetbootin option - obviously hoping that it will boot Opensuse - it does nothing for several seconds and then comes up with a Windows Boot Error screen. The boot loader does appear to be doing something, but not successfully booting Linux: I presume this fails and an attempt is made to boot Windows but from some location that doesn’t contain some necessary file(s).
I’d be grateful for any help anyone can offer to sort this out. I don’t really want Windows but happy to either dump it or keep it as an alternative, if either option makes things simpler.
Alternatively, if it is not possible to get Opensuse to run natively on the W3, can anyone tell me of any tablet (of about 8 inches or less screen size) that it will actually run on.