Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:00 UTC
In the News An interesting discussion is currently raging through the world of computing, or more accurately, through the world of bloggers and analysts. It basically comes down to this: should the iPad be included in laptop and desktop sales figures? If it is included - Apple becomes the largest PC manufacturer in the United States. But, if the iPad should be included - why not the modern smartphone?
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RE[3]: Special vs General
by WereCatf on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Special vs General"
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My argument is that PCs are general purpose tools, and to be that they have to run general purpose OSs.

That's what I was saying: by your definition unless it runs an OS capable of all the most common general usage tasks then it's not a PC. And on the other hand, when it does run such an OS it is a PC, by your very argument.

That just places yet another dilemma in front of you: that would mean my Nokia N900 is indeed a PC as it runs Linux, with all the capabilities of any other Linux distro. And for example a PlayStation3 was a PC every time it was running Linux as OtherOS. And there's plenty and plenty of other examples around.

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