On Feb 28, 9:19 am, "Ad Hominem" <Linux_SUX@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> "High Plains Thumper" <highplainsthum...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> schreef in berichtnews:49a962bb$0$3337$6e1ede2f@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> >> Freescale Plans Reference Design for Linux ARM Netbooks
> >> ,----[ Quote ]
> >>> When will power-saving and affordable ARM netbooks become
> >>> available? Freescale Semiconductor has ventured into an
> >>> advanced standard, albeit with their homegrown i.MX515 chip.
> >> `----
> > Actually I consider this a wonderful development; use of cost
> > effective ARM processor for netbook applications, breaking the
> > Intel/Microsoft mould.
> > There needs to be more competition in the market place with other
> > processors and operating systems. If they can drop the prices to
> > below $200 US (70 GBP), I believe they will have a winner.
> > People want value, stability, a useful appliance. Linux coupled
> > with cost effective hardware can provide that.
The number of people that want a desktop computer is really rather
small. The Windows goons drone on and on about how its all about
applications. I think they are right. Like you said, they want an
appliance. A game machine, a word processor, music box or WEB
surfer. Along with that they need a server that sits quietly in a
closet to provide disk space, backups, connectivity.
Windows is adequate at human interaction but falls flat with the
computer side of the activity. A windows server does not sit
quietly. It needs constant security updates, reboots, it needs a
monitor and keyboard, and worst of all, it botches security. Windows
also has a problem on the business end of this market. They need the
price of the hardware to be rather high in order to fit the license
fee into the product. A 700 dollar computer that does everything
works out well for MS. A $50 word processor appliance is out of the
question for the Windows OS, let alone the MS-Office stuff. Linux and
Open Office on an ARM processor wall-wart would give MS shrieking
Desktop computers in the home and office is a fad. Only a small
fraction (like me) really want to, you know, _compute_ with the
thing ... write programs. The embedded market with application
specific devices is creeping into the desktop and Microsoft doesn't
have much to offer there.
> I stand corrected, 0,80% of *people* want Linux coupled with cost effective
> hardware can provide that!
Not sure what you are trying to say here. That last sentence is hard
to parse. The link you gave talks about desktop stuff. The world is
moving on. Microsoft is very well poised to keep their dominance of
the DRM ghetto of computing devices. The rest will slip away.