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)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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