Samsung has announced an update for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 which will bring the TouchWiz UX user interface to the most popular Android tablet. Samsung is also releasing a new version of its PC suite called Kies along with Adobe Flash 10.3 and brand new Media Hub. Everything is fine till this point. What's wrong is that Samsung is offering no support for GNU/Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu. Kies 2.0 will be available only for Mac and Windows.
Lack of Kies for Ubuntu has made it impossible for Ubuntu uses to copy images taken from the Tablet camera or to transfer music, movies or other files to and from the tablet.
Since the new version of Kies will be offering new features so what are Ubuntu users, who love their Galaxy Tabs, going to miss?
Ubuntu users will not have 'better device management' as Kies 2.0 offers PIMS and multimedia data sync, firmware upgrades with file backup and wireless connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth.
Ubuntu users wont get "powerful multimedia support" as they can't take advantage of integrated library for storing mass data and complex content files.
No faster performance for Ubuntu users because the lack of Kies will keep them away from immediate access to file transfer process.
Ubuntu developers are working hard aloing with gMTP developers to make life easier for users. But, it not working yet. It will be far more easier for Samsung to release 32 and 64 bit versions of its Kies for Ubuntu.
Its ironic that Samsung is not supporting Ubuntu on its tablet given that this was the tablet given to the attendees of I/O Summit!
Samsung, we love you. Will you show your love for us, the Ubuntu users?