HP Touchpad which is going on sale for $99 for the 16 GB version is the most desirable tablet in the market right now. HP’s webOS is a decent little tablet operating system which does many things that are expected of it. If the price is the first and the most compelling reason to buy the tablet, the possibility of porting Android being the second reason, Ubuntu seems to be the third reason.
Ubuntu can be installed on the HP Touchpad in a separate partition leaving the WebOS intact. As is typically with any installations and running a different OS, this is not for the faint hearted but for someone with a geek tattoo. Not all things work on the Ubuntu as the touchpad is built on ARM processor and many Ubuntu apps aren’t yet available for ARM.
The touch screen works which is like 90% of tablet input functionality. There seems to be a problem with external keyboard which the developers are working to fix. Apps like Firefox, Chromium, torrent clients, VNC and LibreOffice seems to be running.
Now we have enough reasons to buy a HP TouchPad. But do we have enough Touchpads?