I don't need recommendations, I just wanted to know if there exists a distribution that runs or can run natively (not sandboxed in the host os) with documented confirmation, and/or instructions.

I don't care about a specific distro at this point, although I am partial to debian based distros.

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    I'll be the first to take the bait... Have you considered Android? =] Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:13
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    If the answer is "yes there is", its a technically accurate, yet entirely useless answer. If we specify an answer, then its in essence a product reccomendation. I do believe many x86 tablets would run linux natively with very little fuss. I'm not sure the question can be answered as is
    – Journeyman Geek
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:15
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    Channeling RMS, perhaps he's looking for a tablet that runs GNU/Linux, rather than any arbitrary OS based on the Linux kernel.
    – dsolimano
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:16
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    @MDMoore313 Yes see my answer below.
    – Simon
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:24
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    The big issue with such a question is that it becomes obsolete quickly. We've had some of those in the early days of Super User, and two years later you'd scratch your head over the hardware that was mentioned "back then" and wonder what that (now discontinued) product was. It'd be a huge effort to keep such posts up to date, which is why the question's not a good fit, sorry. The issue per se is not that products are being recommended (cc @jou), but that the question set its own expiry date at the time of posting.
    – slhck
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:38

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Pear Linux is a French distribution that was created by David Tavares. The purpose of Pear Linux is to create an operating system based on linux (ubuntu mini remix) and propose a simple but powerful interface.

The Tablet Edition of Pear OS 8 is specially designed to work with Microsoft Surface tablet. Two versions are available :

  • Pear OS Tablet 8 Editon RT (ARM) – Pear OS 8 Pro Tablet Edition (x64).

The ARM version will be in a second time, also developed for compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Note and Nexus 7 & 10.

See also:

Pear OS 8 has been Released - Inspired by iOS7 (Screenshot Tour)

Pear OS 8: Linux-based software for tablets, desktops (inspired by iOS).

Indiegogo - Pear OS 8 Tablet Edition.

Pear News - Pear OS news and application reviews

  • +1, haven't heard of this before. I see they have an ARM-based version as well, I don't think that will be able to run on the Surface RT though, MS' requirements for hardware vendors are that they can't enable a way for users to disable secureboot on those devices, surface pro is a different story. Nonetheless, this is definitely interesting.
    – MDMoore313
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:27
  • @MDMoore313 I know about it because its supposedly a linux that looks like Mac OS X. Some people have cruelly dubbed it Mac OS X for "poor people".
    – Simon
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:29
  • yeh well that's how the rich stay rich.
    – MDMoore313
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:38
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    @MDMoore313 If I buy a new Nexus or MS Surface tablet next year, i'll definitely be using it :) (if its still around).
    – Simon
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 14:41
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    @MDMoore313 Checkout also sailfishos.org they will be launching on jolla.com at the end of November but no doubt it will come to tablets in the not to distant future.
    – Simon
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 13:29

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