There is a small amount of tablet PCs with Linux operating system that exploit the Ubuntu distribution in the classic version or Ubuntu Remix. Other distributions are available using numerous applications that allow you to integrate in any distribution Tablet PC functionality comparable to that of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
The tablet PC market has always been considered a business related until the introduction in 2007 as part of HP’s first consumer model the HP Pavilion series tx1x00.
This has prevented the lowering of the price and the exposure of existing models in stores. For this reason, the cost of a tablet PC is in most cases still high (in December 2010, the average price is 1500 Euros including VAT) and often people are unaware of its existence or the actual usability.
Beginning in 2008, with the availability of Intel Atom processors and with the explosion of the netbook phenomenon, some manufacturers have started producing convertible models that, in some cases, managed to reach the market at prices below EUR 300, allowing an increase, albeit modest, the popularity of this platform.
In the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, the tablet PC is now used by many students and professionals. Tablet PCs are particularly popular in the medical profession and those designed for military operators and rescue / emergency services.