Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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Desktop Forever...
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 13th Jun 2012 23:11 UTC
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I'll take the power and flexibility of a desktop machine any day over the multimedia and Web toys they pass off as tablet computers and cell phones these days. Sure, they're both nice for certain things, but not near as much as a general-purpose desktop (or even a decent laptop) system.

I own an Android phone. Okay... it's excellent for making calls (duh, it's a *phone*...), storing contacts (well, actually Google does that on their servers as a service) and quick text messaging, but for Web browsing it's barely passable (size of screen and lack of real keyboard kill it). I guess it can be decent for occasional YouTube viewing. It would be useful for occasional GPS use, if not for one thing: it's buggy as hell and is pretty much guaranteed to crash and reboot the whole phone before it even tells me the first direction.

Still, it can be used to get some minor things done that I otherwise would have to stop at the house to get done on my desktop system, like store my grocery lists, my list of beers to try, and quick checks on the reviews of video games. Ironically... any real work, like typing those lists up, is done on my desktop system and the file is sent over to the phone over a USB connection. The only thing I do on the phone with those files is delete items from the list as I pick them up and save the changes to the file, and even that is mostly a pain in the ass on the phone.

I don't own and never used a tablet computer, but I would expect their larger screens to make some things that are a pain in the ass like Web browsing to be more tolerable, but still, lack of real keyboard still makes them a joke for the most part. They might be a bit better for watching videos on YouTube, but I would think their even larger screen (the advantage here) would work as a disadvantage by sucking even more juice, killing the battery even faster as you do so.

One thing I can say my cell phone is AWESOME for: using it as a portable remote control I can take anywhere around or outside the house to control the playback of my music through Music Player Daemon with an Android MPD client. Both MPDroid and Droid MPD Client are pretty decent. I think a phone would be best here in this case, because you could easily just stick it in your pocket and get it out of your way until you want to change albums and skip songs... a tablet computer wouldn't be so convenient.

Edited 2012-06-13 23:19 UTC

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