Science and Technology : Linux is Not Windows

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  1. crwn

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    Yes but windows still is thee big boy on the block. Just about all software is written for windows first, then Mac.
     
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    In 2015 tablet sales will finally surpass PCs, fulfilling Steve Jobs’ post-PC prophecy


    Zooming out, it’s important to note that both tablets and PCs are small fry compared to mobile phones. In 2015, Gartner is predicting 1.95 billion mobile phone sales — around 70% of which be smartphones. Furthermore, while Microsoft vehemently tries to nurse its ailing PC cash cow, Android is walking away with everything else: Of the 2.4 billion computers (PCs, tablets, phones) sold in 2014, a full 49% (1.17 billion) will run Android. In 2015, Gartner predicts that Android will stretch its lead to 53% (1.37 billion units shipped out of 2.59 billion total).

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    Bill Gates and the Microsoft Tablet PC prototype way back in 2010. In tech circles, we call this ‘dropping the ball.’

    Almost all of these movements can be explained in terms of pricing. In most developed countries, tablet, and smartphone sales are already close to saturation. As hardware costs fall, though, developing nations are getting in on the action; in those countries, a $100 smartphone or tablet is a lot more attractive than a $200-300 laptop. Android, by virtue of being free, is the OS of choice for these cheaper devices. Apple’s laptops, smartphones, and tablets continue to do well in developed countries and among the nouveau riche in countries like China, but it’s nowhere near enough keep up with Google’s Android. Microsoft, with its tub full of lame ducks, is left wondering whether it can actually break into new markets — or whether conventional PCs are its lot in life.Article
     
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    What we have here is mobile vs Pc, and they both have their pros and cons. As your post is alluding to the number of mobile only users overtook desktop users. These are the people that are ot gamers (like me), don't run progs like autocad, photoshop, etc. from a phone. I agree (looking at Moor's law) that this is a trend that will get bigger lets say over the next 10 years? Right now both business and personal users are shifting away from being tethered to that desk. People love the idea of being able to access the internet any time from anywhere.

    Now I can understand why Intel is shifting its focus away from PCs. Their PCs are proprietary machines, many folks like me don't buy them because of that fact. We like to build ours

    Yeah...I have to show off my "Beast"....:lol:

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    Those are not my GPUs...this is, and I'm running 3 in SLI.


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    This is my gaming machine, I've maxed out my Ram to 64Gb on my MB. And this is why the death of PCs and laptops are a long way off. People like me can do more on this machines that on a phone, or tablet. Also, we have more real estate to work with. But I admit there is a differences between the desktop and the mobile experience.

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    That is part of the problem. This is aboUt MONEY!

    I have a Linux administration book from 2000 that talks about the Planned Obsolescence of software. I tried to get a discussion going on a few "Black" websites about Black people standardizing on Linux. There was a Black Voices website but it was actually run by the Chicago Tribune. I didn't really expect any action as a result but I thought it would make a worthwhile discussion. I got about 3 responses.

    But the size of the user base affects the amount of development done for the OS. But now Linux is in the Rspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black and IoT is taking off so MacroScam must try to invade that. It is about the MONEY.

    Ignorance is expensive.

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    Lets be honest, blacks are not much into technology. Look how the tech thread on here die? It you, me, CRW and maybe one or two others. When I want to talk tech, math, Or physics I have other boards for that. But this is part of that tech gap that we have been trying to close for decades.

    And you're right, it is all about the money. Look how pervasive windows is? People underestimate the popularity gaming and animation that makes those games. Student from middle to high achievers in this field rarely do their full 4 years before they are snatched up.

    And they will be gobbled up like the rest. All the big boys have done this, that is they get the product, and the costumer base that goes with it. DO you remember HotMail, Firefly, or Bungie Games? How about Net games, or Lion Head studios? These are just a few that Bill saw as a threat so he bought them, and incorporated them into his software bundles.

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    What some may fail to realize is that there are a tremendous amount of old PC's out there using old Microsoft software that are no longer supported. These PC owners don't want to purchase a new computer and still want to use there old machine in a modern way. The linux kernel can run on just about any computer, MAC or PC and if you have old machines a linux distro can give it new life. As software goes depending on the linux distro there may be more than 50,000 software packages available.

     
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    I agree with you because I've seen those type of folks. And you know what? Everyone really didn't know the first thing about PCs and upgrades. I've have tried to explain upgradeability To many folks but they don't get it because they don't know what RAM is or the difference between a gigabyte, terabyte, or megabyte. I know people that (like you said) look at how much they spent on their PC and think that it should last for 10 or 15 years. Then they go out and buy progs that they have heard about like games, apps, etc. And can't read the side of the box that tells you the min. requirements.

    One of my friends got mad at me because she asked me how much could she get for her Dell running XP.... I told her she would get better value out of it using it as a boat anchor...

    I tried Linux when it first came out. But what killed it for many of us....Application Program Interface....AKA... API. Microsoft loves it because it's low level, uniform, and Windows won't slow it down. DirectX came after APi. IMO it's a matter of OpenGL vs Direct3D...Yah see, back in the day the videocards that the consumer bought did not have support for OpenGL. If you are a gamer do you remember Quack, and GLquake? One was software rendered, and the other was hardware rendered. Now you have GPUs like my GTXs that uses shaders. Now Linux does have a long list of games, but it's missing the "big boys" like Fallout, Modern Warfare, Doom, etc.

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    You're correct. but the big boy games can be fixed with a virtual machine, a dual boot or a second hard drive. In fact my main computer has 4 hard drives.
     
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