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Hardware, Embedded Systems InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay despite Steve Jobs' recent pronouncement that the iPad signals the end of the PC era. 'Depending on whom you ask, the iPad will save journalism, rescue the book publishing business, transform the movie industry, change the way we communicate, and make the perfect omelet. But there are plenty of reasons to suspect that at least some of these predictions will prove overly optimistic. Even more dubious is the idea that the iPad signals a true sea change in computing,' McAllister writes. Chief among the reasons the PC is not dead yet are desktops' comparative cost-effectiveness, the lack of versatility of mobile devices, the fact that desktop and mobile OSes don't mix, and limitations inherent to tablet devices' dependencies on the cloud.
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RE[2]: Like anything else overhyped
by saso on Wed 7th Jul 2010 13:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Like anything else overhyped"
saso
Member since:
2007-04-18

The reality is that most of Apple's appeal originates in its easy-to-use software stack, however the software landscape is changing really quickly. Ever since I got a new htc desire with android 2.1 with the sense ui, I believe android really is on-par with the latest iOS 4 in terms of features and quality, and even far surpasses it in many respects (not having to care about managing an app's lifecycle at all, true multitasking, software freedom, etc.).

The hardware side of the story is also taken care of. We have mature high-performance ARM CPUs, cheap RAM, great displays and companies capable of manufacturing all this into quality designs (quanta, asus, etc.).

If HTC, or some other sensible manufacturer, came out with a 7-9'' tabled device with decent hardware specs running android, I'd get one immediately. Let's hope that 2010/2011 will be the year of Linux on the tabled. :-)

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Let's hope that 2010/2011 will be the year of Linux on the tabled. :-)


Android wouldn't make it "year of Linux" - we'll talk Linux when we are dealing with actual Linux distributions gaining foothold (MeeGo, ChromeOS, Ubuntu). I.e. things that can run usual Linux stuff.

Android tablet would still be highly preferable over iPad, esp. if you can get it cheap (which seems to be the case).

Edited 2010-07-07 14:13 UTC

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deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

We'll talk Linux when we are dealing with actual Linux distributions gaining foothold (MeeGo, ChromeOS, Ubuntu). I.e. things that can run usual Linux stuff.

Which goes back to something I've been saying about *nix for a decade and a half... The 'usualy linux stuff' is PART of why you don't see widespread adoption of most distros.

Because as I've been saying since I first encountered a *nix deskop, the FIRST thing you need to do to make *nix useful to joe user is kick X11 implementations to the curb.

Apple realized it using their own graphics stack for OSX, Google realized it using framebuffer services directly instead, even some third party linix for small devices like Dingux realize it.

X11 has got to go... and a decent font renderer that can at least kern the same word the same way twice in a row wouldn't hurt things much either.

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