Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 19th May 2012 08:59 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Smartphones have become the preferred computer of the masses. Sales surpassed those of personal computers in 2010, having grown over 50% per year for several years. Nearly 500 million smartphones shipped in 2011. This radically shifts the terrain in the consumer operating system competition that was, for years, firmly decided in favor of Windows. This article analyzes the New OS Wars.
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RE[6]: Comment by RichterKuato
by Neolander on Sun 20th May 2012 19:43 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by RichterKuato"
Neolander
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The OP was basically arguing that we have reached some kind of dream OS wonderland in which OSs do not matter any more and people can pick whatever computer form factor they like depending on the task at hand.

I wish this was true. But it seems to me that it isn't. Look at the modern computer landscape, and you will see nothing but platform lock-in and a growing amount of arbitrary and artificial limitations on what developers and users can do. There used to be a time where OSs mattered because they determined what you can do. Nowadays, OSs still matter, but because they determine what you cannot do.

You need to use Windows because your work software won't work on something else. You need to use a large laptop or desktop even if you don't need it, because netbooks and tablet computers are arbitrarily restricted by OS manufacturers to the status of toys and content consumption device. You need to keep the OS that came bundled with your phone or tablet because some idiot locked down your bootloader. And so on.

Edited 2012-05-20 19:57 UTC

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