Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:42 UTC
Apple

In the summer of 2017, I wanted to know what it would be like to use an iPad Pro as my main computer. I found out that it can actually work, thanks to an iOS app called Blink, an SSH replacement called Mosh, iOS 11 and running stuff on a server.

You could argue the title is a tad bit misleading - there's a lot of thin client DNA in his setup - but it's an interesting look at how to achieve this, nonetheless.

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RE[2]: That's a lot of work....
by Morgan on Fri 27th Oct 2017 13:23 UTC in reply to "RE: That's a lot of work...."
Morgan
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I believe the Mosh terminal app that the author spoke of is what allows one to work in this setup, compensating for spotty or unreliable Internet access.

Still, trusting real work to such an app, and to this working environment, will only ever be an experiment as far as I'm concerned. I'd never rely on a setup like this full time, and I suspect it was done more for the sake of saying "I did this!" than for any real, practical use.

As I said above, a Chromebook would make more sense and provide a more reliable cloud-based mobile workstation (and I say that as someone who has zero trust in Google and gave up Google products last year). For that matter, an ultralight laptop running a stripped down Linux installation (perhaps based on Alpine) would be even more ideal...but then we get away from the hipster-ish notion of doing it all on an iPad for the LOLs, which was the tone I got from the article.

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