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Date:      Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:18:56 -0600
From:      Chad Perrin <>
Subject:   Re: 2020: Will BSD and Linux be relevant anymore?
Message-ID:  <20110721211856.GA69737@guilt.hydra>
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On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 02:06:04PM -0400, Daniel Staal wrote:
> On Thu, July 21, 2011 1:11 pm, Chad Perrin wrote:
> >
> > If all they want is a toy with a Web browser and an email client, I gue=
> > that works for them.  I don't know if they really count for purposes of
> > discussing the possible replacement of desktops and laptops, though,
> > because what they really need is not a general-purpose personal computer
> > at all.
> One of the people I know uses this as his work laptop, running Excel,
> Powerpoint, Outlook, Word, etc.  (Of course, he's not running Android at
> that point...)  The 'laptop' is a tablet in a case with a bluetooth
> keyboard.  He uses this _at his desk in the office, next to a desktop
> computer._  (Because he can then take the work home with him, or bring it
> to a meeting.)

Frankly, I'm of the opinion that an office suite is just more toy
software.  It just happens to be toy software with ungodly resource
requirements and a veneer of "professionalism".  Until I get the kind of
development environment I have on my FreeBSD systems, ability to run test
environments (Web servers, for instance), and so on, I don't call it a
full-power OS.

If all you're doing with it is email, making slides for another pointless
presentation, and updating your resume, you're still using a toy, or
maybe an appliance.

I suppose others might disagree.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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