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Can Android do Serious Linux Work, or is it Just a Toy?

Dec 16, 2010, 18:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"The Linux-based Android is the hot new mobile platform, but is it more than an entertainment device? Can it do remote server administration? What about the also red-hot iPad?

"Lugging a laptop around is preferable to commuting, but why not go even more portable with a smartphone or tablet? Can Android serve as a capable remote server administration platform? Android is based on Linux and is open source, so it seems it should be a natural for portable administration.

"Both Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems were designed from the ground up with the mobile phone as the principal platform. Apple has used iOS for their iPad tablet device and the Apple TV set-top-box, while Google has essentially followed suit with a number of Android-based tablet devices already on the market, and the latest Google-TV product offerings from Logitech and Sony. It certainly seems like Apple and Google are competing head-to-head on many fronts. So are these just toys, or can they do serious work?"

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