Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:25 UTC
General Development While the iPad can certainly be debated as a product, people on the internet are discussing not the product, but the shift devices like the iPhone and iPad represent: a shift away from a computer being accessible to it being something closed and impenetrable. Is this a future we want for ourselves?
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I don't know if making the application store the primary method of loading software onto the desktop and laptop would kill them. I've long argued that if Microsoft wanted to really benefit the end user, they'd setup software repositories; vetted and verified software packaged for easy install from a central trusted storage. If hundreds of people can manage to keep the repositories solid around Linux distributions then MS and Apple can surely provide similar software delivery (the challenges are business executive related rather than technological).

Apple could do a lot worse than centralizing software delivery through a managed repository. Mind you, they'd have to allow competitive software and be a little more clear than they are in managing the current app store business.

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