Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Tue 11th Jan 2011 13:40 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Nowadays smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop computers are all siblings. They use the same UI paradigms and follow the same idea of a programmable and flexible machine that's available to everyone. Only their hardware feature set and form factor differentiate them from each other. In this context, does it still make sense to consider them as separate devices as far as software development is concerned? Wouldn't it be a much better idea to consider them as multiple variations of the same concept, and release a unified software platform which spreads across all of them? This article aims at describing what has been done in this area already, and what's left to do.
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RE: umm
by Neolander on Tue 11th Jan 2011 14:06 UTC in reply to "umm"
Neolander
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Would you call Linux (alone) a major actor of the personal computer market, comparable in size to Windows, iOS, Android, or even Mac OS X, without a smile ? Would you say that usual Linux distros adapt themselves well to tablet or smartphone use, that they do anything in the realm of cross-device portability ?

Linux has its place in this article, but in its Android fork only, in my opinion. Thus I mentioned it. The "vanilla" Linux world remains a minor actor, and most distros are desktop/laptop-only. Meego is not even released, and Maemo's market is even smaller than desktop linux's one.

Edited 2011-01-11 14:22 UTC

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