Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
In the News "Kay says that some gadgets with superficial Dynabook-like qualities, such as the iPad, have not only failed to realize the Dynabook dream, but have in some senses betrayed it. That's one of the points he makes in this interview, conducted by computer historian David Greelish, proprietor of the Classic Computing Blog and organizer of this month's Vintage Computer Festival Southeast in Atlanta (the Festival will feature a pop-up Apple museum featuring Xerox's groundbreaking Alto workstation, which Kay worked on, as well as devices which deeply reflected his influence, including the Lisa, the original Macintosh and the Newton). Kay and Greelish also discuss Kay's experiences at some of the big outfits where he's worked, including Xerox's fabled PARC labs, Apple, Disney and HP. Today, Kay continues his research about children and technology at his own organization, the Viewpoints Research Institute." A great interview with this legendary man.
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RE[6]: History
by Alfman on Thu 4th Apr 2013 00:17 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: History"
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"And what is the consumer-friendly security model that Linux provides out of the box to ensure even the least technical user is safe from malware, online fraudsters, etc?"

It offers users a software repo, which is the exact same software distribution model your talking about. Dispite your attempts to do so, you cannot criticize linux software repositories without criticizing the ipad store repositories since they are the same technical distribution model.

"'Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one.' Or, results matter, opinions don't."

I'm going to restrain myself from responding in kind, but please be more mature, ok?

You were asking if my concern over closed computing was genuinely about our freedoms, and it was.

"So what are you doing to create a true consumer computing platform that both meets the needs of non-technical users and preserves their personal freedom?"

Stop overlooking the platforms that already do this. Users who don't want to side load don't have to turn it on, those who do can do so. It's win-win. It's all so obvious I have to question your motives for painting it as an impossibility today and in the future.

"You mean the Linux (Ubuntu Desktop) I run on my netbook?"

Sure. It was illogical to claim what you said in the face of the counter examples, including Ubuntu.

"The notion that Linux repos or their contents are in any way inherently trustworthy is exactly the sort of dangerous naivety and ignorance of the real world that I'm talking about. The only 'safety' you get from using Linux repos is the same security-by-obscurity safety that Macs used to provide: not enough users to make them a worthwhile target to malware vendors."

It's the same distribution model used by IOS. You can criticize the maintainers if you want to, but the model isn't a security problem. Also, apple deserves it's own share of criticism for failing to adequately screen apps with security vulnerabilities.

If anything, linux distros like redhat probably take their repository security even more seriously than apple does since they are used for running enterprise grade systems. And because it's open source, other distributions will benefit from the fixes as well.

"And even when the Linux OS itself is ticking along smoothly, the state of its desktop applications (i.e. the only reason to run a desktop OS) is really very sorry when compared to Windows, Mac, iOS or Android."

This is a biproduct of the microsoft monopoly. Unfortunately the problem is greater than Microsoft's own software, it's all of the niche proprietary commercial software that gets built for windows and is missing for linux. For example, the tax software for all tax services in my state are built for windows. Most games are only built for windows. Services like netflix are for windows and not linux. We really do need more commercial developers to produce applications on linux and stop making commercial software windows-centric.

"Linux/FOSS fans like yourself desperately need to step down from your self-congratulatory ivory tower and spend some quality time interacting with ordinary people and understanding how they live and work, and what their desires and motivations are."

You clearly don't know me very well, I'm taking a pro-linux stance here to counteract your bias. You may perceive this as bias but I'm certainly not among those in the self-congratulatory ivory towers and I've criticized linux many times here and elsewhere. I've installed linux for non-tech people and while they didn't have much trouble doing common activities like browsing the web, checking email, or word processing, they did have problems they need to take work home, or install commercial software or games, etc. This IS a problem, and it's difficult to fix. However it's important to recognize that this problem is fundamentally caused by being a very small unsupported OS rather than technical shortcomings with the OS itself. It's why monopolies are so dangerous, they tend to self-perpetuate because they are monopolies.

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