Linked by snydeq on Tue 6th Jul 2010 15:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay despite Steve Jobs' recent pronouncement that the iPad signals the end of the PC era. 'Depending on whom you ask, the iPad will save journalism, rescue the book publishing business, transform the movie industry, change the way we communicate, and make the perfect omelet. But there are plenty of reasons to suspect that at least some of these predictions will prove overly optimistic. Even more dubious is the idea that the iPad signals a true sea change in computing,' McAllister writes. Chief among the reasons the PC is not dead yet are desktops' comparative cost-effectiveness, the lack of versatility of mobile devices, the fact that desktop and mobile OSes don't mix, and limitations inherent to tablet devices' dependencies on the cloud.
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We'll talk Linux when we are dealing with actual Linux distributions gaining foothold (MeeGo, ChromeOS, Ubuntu). I.e. things that can run usual Linux stuff.

Which goes back to something I've been saying about *nix for a decade and a half... The 'usualy linux stuff' is PART of why you don't see widespread adoption of most distros.

Because as I've been saying since I first encountered a *nix deskop, the FIRST thing you need to do to make *nix useful to joe user is kick X11 implementations to the curb.

Apple realized it using their own graphics stack for OSX, Google realized it using framebuffer services directly instead, even some third party linix for small devices like Dingux realize it.

X11 has got to go... and a decent font renderer that can at least kern the same word the same way twice in a row wouldn't hurt things much either.

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