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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The problem is that in the tablet space the nerds are such a minority, and the prisons so locked down, that it's nigh impossible to get nerd-compatible hardware. That in and of itself is a problem.

Perhaps you need to stop making excuses and instead put your money where your mouths are? Stop always waiting for the big guys to create stuff which you can then glom onto for free, and build your own for a change. Look at the likes of System 76 or Raspberry Pi - it is absolutely possible to FOSS/Linux supporters to create and market their own successful platforms from the ground up.

Sure, you may have to pay a premium price for the resulting hardware, but that's the nature of boutique products. Either suck up the cost penalty as the price of being a special flower, or - better yet - stop treating Linux as a personal fiefdom and figure out how to make it genuinely useful, accessible and attractive to non-technical users, thereby harnessing the power of mass production and network effects to the freedom and benefit of everyone.

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