Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Apr 2009 15:07 UTC
Editorial Last week, Apple again repeated its claim that the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of filling the netbook niche. They also claimed that netbooks can barely be called personal computers. Both of these statements are complete and utter nonsense, but instead of writing down some high-level definition of what a netbook is, I decided to simply write down all the things I do with my netbook that the iPhone/iPod Touch cannot do to make the difference between the two that much more tangible.
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But then, Macs are not PCs
by eantoranz on Mon 27th Apr 2009 16:45 UTC
eantoranz
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2005-12-18

But by the same logic, Thom, if freedom is the key then Macintrashes wouldn't be PCs either.

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RE: But then, Macs are not PCs
by darknexus on Mon 27th Apr 2009 17:19 in reply to "But then, Macs are not PCs"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You do realize that you can put basically any os on a modern Mac with an Intel processor, right? Windows, Linux, *BSD... you can run them all. And in the case of the older ppc Macs, you can run any os that has ppc support (Linux, *BSD, etc). No Windows, but hey if you're talking about freedom you probably wouldn't want Windows on your machine anyway, right?

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Staying OT to the article and comments by Cook and Jobs, how many different operating systems can you install on an iPod / iPhone?

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eantoranz Member since:
2005-12-18

Well... in the article I don't think Thom was saying that iPods and iPhones are not netbooks cause you couldn't install another OS. He was talking about the possibilities of the device plus having the freedom to install any software he wanted on top of it. Maybe I misunderstood what he meant.

Anyway:

http://ipodlinux.org/
http://www.iphonelinux.org/index.php/Main_Page

I don't have the slightest clue of how the projects are doing, but....

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RE: But then, Macs are not PCs
by phoenix on Mon 27th Apr 2009 22:22 in reply to "But then, Macs are not PCs"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

But by the same logic, Thom, if freedom is the key then Macintrashes wouldn't be PCs either.


You can swap parts in a Mac just as easily as you can on an "IBM-compatible PC". You can install several different OSes onto a Mac, same as a "PC". You can do all those things that Thom listed, on a Mac and a "PC".

Where do you see this "lack of freedom"?

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eantoranz Member since:
2005-12-18

Ok, OK, I give up.

Macs are to PCs what GPL is to software licenses. :-D

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