Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 22:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems If there's one over-used buzzword currently making the rounds in the technology industry, it's 'post-PC world' - or the notion that desktops and laptops are a dying breed. Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's printing and personal systems group, thinks this is a nonsensical notion - and he's right.
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RE[4]: Trickle down
by earksiinni on Fri 21st Sep 2012 22:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Trickle down"
earksiinni
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The origin of the "app store" has been thoroughly debated on this forum, most recently when Apple and its fanboys tried to float the notion that Apple invented the concept of the "app store."


Huh? I am openly telling you that Apple did not invent the app store when I recognize that there were precursors. l2read.

Linux repositories and package managers are "app stores" which have existed since the late 1990s...If a fanboy later adds the irrelevant condition that one pays for apps in Apple's model, one merely need mention Lindows/Linspire CNR (Click-N-Run), a paying Linux repository/package-manager which existed five years before the first Iphone


Irrelevant? You've gutted a key part of my argument, which was that the tablet successfully combines a form factor that's OK for PC-ish work with the app store delivery and payment model. The fact that they found a way to make the payment side work is of utmost importance to closed source participation and, what I am ultimately arguing, the widespread adoption of a particular hardware platform.

At any rate, neither Linspire CNR (of which I actually have an old CD that a friend gave me) nor package managers like Debian's (which is what CNR is based off of) are anywhere near as successful as the major app stores in reaching consumers. I am talking about the first, massively successful, general purpose app store that found its way onto a screen form factor that's good enough for doing serious work.

BTW, "a zillion myriad apps downloaded" is not exactly true. I doubt that Debian has more than 30k packages (let alone apps), and that's one of the bigger ones; it is miniscule compared to the app stores in terms of number of apps and probably even number of downloads. But, of course, this is not what I am arguing; I am arguing based on overall number of users.

Evidently, the Apple fanboys think that combining "app" with "store" was an inspired stroke of genius by none other than "Steve" (Jobs).


How can you call me a fanboy? Is it not obvious from my original post that I find this trend detestable? Hell, I don't even like package management let alone app stores. That's why I use Slackware ;-)

Edited 2012-09-21 22:43 UTC

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