The Linux Desktop isn't Dead, it's Pining
Jun 16, 2010, 03:12 (10 Talkback[s])
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"I know it sounds crazy but the Linux Desktop isn't dead, it's
just pining. It's pining for the correct platform--a tablet
computer. And, I'm not referring to some cheap imitation tablet
that will merely satisfy a few observers and nerdlets who use
Linux. I'm thinking of a tablet computer for hardcore Linux moguls.
You know, the kind of Linux person who is so into Linux that he
tries to carry an egg on his feet through the winter. The kind of
Linux fan who carries a wallet-sized photo of Linus Torvalds in her
wallet. Linux pines for a true tablet platform that will do Linux
justice and vice versa. Does one exist? Not yet.
"It's hard to admit that the Linux Community just doesn't have
enough force behind it to create and support a Linux tablet.
"Oh, I know that there are a few Linux "pads" out there and a
few more in the works but none have the appeal of the Apple iPad.
Who do we think we're fooling with the notion that there is a
Linux-based product that could compete with the iPad?"