Tablet for remote sysadmin

Matthew Walker mwalker at
Tue Aug 28 16:50:55 MDT 2012

On Tue, August 28, 2012 4:27 pm, Levi Pearson wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM, Lloyd Brown <lloyd_brown at> wrote:
>> Basically, what I need to be able to do is something like this:
>> - Web browser
>> - IM (XMPP)
>> - VPN (either Cisco AnyConnect or OpenVPN)
>> - Email
>> - SSH
>> - remote text editing (vim inside ssh session?)
> I have an iPad and I really like it, and I have an Android phone that I
> have mixed feelings about, but if I were to spec something as a remote
> admin tool I'd probably pick a netbook over a tablet.  System
> administration, unless you are fiddling with a web-based gui, really works
> better with a physical keyboard.  If the netbooks seem a bit under-specced,
> maybe a chromebook? For reading PDFs or browsing the web or youtube or
> facebook or whatever, tablet wins hands down, though. :)

A bluetooth keyboard is also an option for use with most decent tablets, and would
remove that consideration. Android tablets (and iPads, I suppose...) can certainly do
everything you mentioned.

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