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Date:      Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:28:24 -0400
From:      Daniel Staal <>
Subject:   Re: 2020: Will BSD and Linux be relevant anymore?
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--As of July 20, 2011 5:45:49 PM -0400, David Jackson is alleged to have 

> but you also have scanners, cameras, joysticks, capture devices for video,
> and so on that many common users love to use. A lot of people use
> computers for writing, home and office business work, and gaming, and
> given the choice between a 3" screen and a 20" screen, you want a 20"
> screen. Even facebook is better on a 20" screen.
> I stand by what i said, mobile is great for use on a subway, but when you
> get home, you really want a nice 20" screen to work on, and the bigger
> hard drive and faster CPU.

--As for the rest, it is mine.

*All* of which can be connected to a tablet just as easily as a desktop. 
(Well, except for a faster CPU.)  I know people who do so.

Current tablets have USB, Bluetooth, and HDMI/Displayport.

Can you do everything on a tablet that you can on a dedicated desktop?  No. 
But you can do most of it, especially if the people writing the software 
and designing the add-ons know that's the market they have to work with.

I don't think everyone will go to tablets.  But I think it's going to be a 
larger market than you think, and I think they *will* displace some 
desktops and laptops.

The perfect computing device would fit in a pocket, have a screen the size 
of your wall, have a full (and full-sized) keyboard, and your choice of 
pointing devices.  It would be able to play any game you wanted to play, 
hold every movie and song ever recorded along with your entire lifetime's 
collection of documents, and be able to access the Internet from anywhere. 
It would only need to be recharged as often as you sleep.  (And would be 
able to recharge anywhere.)

Today, a tablet is closer to that then a desktop is.  It's short on CPU and 
storage, and it doesn't have the battery life.  It's also a little too big 
and not quite mobile enough.  Several of those constraints can be worked 
around with a docking station/case.  Smartphones have the mobility and 
Internet access, and nearly the charging/battery life, but are even more 
constrained on other issues.

Daniel T. Staal

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