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[2]: umm
by lemur2 on Tue 11th Jan 2011 14:29 UTC in reply to "RE: umm"
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Although the heading talks only about "personal computers", the first sentence of the article expands the scope of discussion considerably to include "smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop computers". In the latter context, Linux is a significant player.

If one also considers a further ambition beyond mere "cross device compatibility" within one or other OS family, one might also talk about "cross platform compatibility" as well as cross device compatibility.

Your determination to try to dismiss Linux/OSS from the main discussion has IMO caused you to miss an interesting technology in the very arena of the topic.

Edited 2011-01-11 14:33 UTC

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