Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by boldingd on Thu 9th Jun 2011 20:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
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I just wish the "desktop" Linux distros would stop their colon-gazing and focus on enumerating and providing fail-safes for all the myriad things that can break just enough for geeks to not see a problem.

They actually are. The X server has definitely seen a lot of development aimed at ensuring some kind of graphical environment can always come up. The VESA driver is a pretty reliable fallback, even if it's not something you want to use all the time. This plus modern RandR has helped immensely (modern RandR so you can re-condifure a running X server, which helps with reliability in that if an X server is put into an unusable state, it can potentially be transitioned back to a usable state automatically).

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