Install Linux on your x86 tablet: five distros to choose from

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We live in a world where the tablet or smart device dominates - both on the high Street and online. Instead of people going out at Christmas to buy a shiny new laptop, they opted for one of the many 10-inch tablets that appear to be everywhere at the moment.

It's funny really - 15 years ago the only tablet device was Captain Jean-Luc Picard's DataPad on the Enterprise: the old axiom of science fiction becoming science fact has never been more true.

We're now almost midway through 2013 and the tablet is still growing, in numbers and in strength, and regardless of whether it's an Android or Apple device. So, as the old saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them.

We had a clever idea (which just proves that it does happen now and then): why not get hold of an x86 tablet, and install Linux on it? After all, if it's x86-based then we can install pretty much anything on it, right? So, here's our roundup of tablet-ready distros.

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