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2011: The Year of the Linux Tablet

Jan 29, 2011, 15:02 (4 Talkback[s])


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"For what seems like forever, we've been hearing the Linux fanboys of the world proclaiming that the coming year will be the "Year of the Linux Desktop." It's has become somewhat of a joke amongst Linux naysayers and even with the Linux faithful. I don't know if we'll ever see the year of the Linux Desktop or not, but it looks like 2011 is going to be the year of the Linux Tablet. The future success of Linux as a tablet and phone platform might not look as open and utopian as many supporters of free software would like, but it seems that it's inevitable none the less.

"Linux based tablet pcSo what makes 2011 and the tablet revolution different from the desktop and netbook revolutions before it? The desktop revolution was once lead by Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft won that battle and is still king, and it's probably not going anywhere too fast (no matter how hard the Linux fanboys try). Netbooks started out in the Linux camp (the original Eee PC came exclusively with Linux pre-installed) but Microsoft saw the writing on the walls and quickly released an optimized version of Windows XP for this new hardware type. The first year of the tablet revolution has been completely different, dominated by Apple's iPad. Now that every other hardware manufacture on the planet wants to get in on the tablet game, what are their choices?"

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