Improving Ubuntu's application upload process
Posted Sep 5, 2012 20:06 UTC (Wed) by khim
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Why would shrinking the laptop down to a handheld size change how it's used when docked?
Because the transtion period will change the software.
If your answer is that the software will work differently because it's a mobile device, then bzz, wrong answer. The software will need to work the same as current desktops as that's what users want to use. The device may have _other_ software that is more suited for the mobile environment, but that's not what the successful devices are going to be using when 'docked'!
Sure. And this is exactly what'll happen. The only problem: it'll not be the software we currently use on the desktop!
Think about the previous such transition (when PC replaced UNIX workstations and dedicated wordprocessors) or the one before that (when said workstations replaced big iron). Every time the software goes full circle (from the "joke software" which is not as capable as the software from previous era to the "real software" which is even more capable) and every time the end result looks similar - but with a completely rewamped core. Why do you think this time will be any different? Because this time around developers kept the core intact (both iOS and Android are using UNIX-style cores)? I don't think it'll be enough. NT kernel supported POSIX, too, you know...
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