Devices all over
Posted Nov 25, 2012 13:21 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Devices all over
Parent article: Jolla offer a first look at their Sailfish smartphone OS (The Verge)
It is a good question from the outside, but for actual mobile users it is quite clear. I don't use the same set of applications on my desktop and on my mobile: I would never want to do development on my phone and I don't have any use for apps on my desktop. The only common use is web browsing, but for syncing data our friendly websites (such as LWN.net) do the hard work. As for data, pics go into external storage anyway and I don't listen to music (it eats into battery life). I could easily synchronize using a cloud service if needed.
I can clearly be wrong, but this time we are headed to a constellation of devices that are going to need synchronizing anyway. On my desktop I currently have three general-purpose computers (desktop proper, mobile and SheevaPlug) plus two special purpose (printer and router). I expect that pervasive computing be the new paradigm, and that this number grows with time and encompasses the whole house. Then we will need storage hubs and/or cloud services for all computers, so it will not make any difference to have one more device; only convenience will matter.
We are seeing a lot of effort thrown at convergence these days: Windows 8, GNOME 3, Ubuntu for Android. IMHO free software should instead focus on divergence and federation; that is where our best bets lie.
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