Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jan 2014 19:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry's efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may be the launching pad for a new push - a new brand of computer that runs both Windows and Android.

Sources close to the matter tell The Verge that Intel is behind the idea, and that the chipmaker is working with PC manufacturers on a number of new devices that could be announced at the show. Internally known as "Dual OS," Intel's idea is that Android would run inside of Windows using virtualization techniques, so you could have Android and Windows apps side by side without rebooting your machine.

I'm going to make a very daring prediction, that is sure to send ripples across the entire industry: this is not going to turn the tide for the PC.

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Interesting concept but...
by jnemesh on Fri 3rd Jan 2014 22:51 UTC
jnemesh
Member since:
2008-04-08

They should forget about Android on the desktop and just offer dual boot to a standard Linux distro. I guarantee you, if they have it boot to Linux Mint by default, most customers will never see the need to go into Windows AT ALL.

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allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

They should forget about Android on the desktop and just offer dual boot to a standard Linux distro. I guarantee you, if they have it boot to Linux Mint by default, most customers will never see the need to go into Windows AT ALL.


Hardly. But granted, I don't think Linux Mint fits the bill, it needs to have a proper company behind a Linux desktop = Mandriva, Ubuntu, Redhat or Suse.

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RE: Interesting concept but...
by Odwalla on Sat 4th Jan 2014 01:04 in reply to "Interesting concept but..."
Odwalla Member since:
2006-02-01

Hahahaha...ahahahaha. No. Consumers want a device that provides a software ecosystem for them. They want the iTunes store, the Windows Store or the Google Play store. They don't want to apt-get-blah-blah in a terminal or put up with similar-but-not-quite-the-same applications. They want something familiar. And given the market penetration of Windows, iOS, and Android that's what is considered familiar. Putting any Linux other than Android on a consumer device as a user-facing OS would be the most ridiculous thing ever. Unless of course your plan is to have people buy products other than yours.

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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

My mother went from a Windows PC to an Android tablet. No trouble switching and learning a new different platform. If it's easy to use, most people would adapt. Android is easy to use, Linux is not.

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RE: Interesting concept but...
by Dano on Sat 4th Jan 2014 23:11 in reply to "Interesting concept but..."
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

I'm not too sure about that. The Windows software ecosystem extends to many areas that Android would never encounter coming from a mobile platform. Server tools, advanced networking tools, .NET framework and legacy applications are all reasons why Windows is going to be around for a long time. Not to say that Android could not be extended to the PC, but as a stand-alone, that would take a while.

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