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[News] GNU/Linux Makes Great Tablets; Apple's Latest Piece of Junk (iPad) Disliked Even by Apple Fans, Not Just FSF

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Makes Great Tablets; Apple's Latest Piece of Junk (iPad) Disliked Even by Apple Fans, Not Just FSF
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 11:51:20 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Anything the iPad can do, Linux can do better.

,----[ Quote ]
| The Apple iPad has finally arrived, and, 
| as I predicted a while back, it's really 
| just a big iPod Touch. That's great. I 
| love my iPod Touch. But, really, is there 
| anything here that Linux can't do just as 
| well for less money? 
| [...]
| Besides the Moblin/Atom boxes, you'll also 
| see iPad-like tablets using ARM processors 
| and Google's Android 2.0 take on Linux 
| coming out at about the same time. Android 
| 2 vendors, like Motorola with its Droid, 
| have always targeted the iPhone. The iPad 
| will just be another arena for their 
| battle.
| And, last, but by no means least, there's 
| Google with its Chrome operating system. 
| It's going to take longer to come to the 
| market then the others but I can see 
| Chrome Linux powered netbooks giving the 
| iPad trouble as well as giving the 
| traditional desktop market fits.
| All that taken into consideration, I'm 
| also still sure that the iPad will be 
| wildly popular. Apple products, when Apple 
| puts its mind to it, usually are very 
| successful... for users who have the money 
| for the shiniest new toys. In the longer 
| run though I'm willing to bet that 
| collectively the Linux-powered 
| entertainment tablets will end up having 
| more customers.


Is the iPad 'iBad for freedom'?

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| In an online petition and an open letter 
| to Steve Jobs, the open source 
| organisation says: "The iPad's 
| unprecedented use of DRM to control all 
| capabilities of a general purpose computer 
| is a dangerous step backward for computing 
| and for media distribution. We demand that 
| Apple remove all DRM from its devices."
| Defective by Design.org is a campaign of 
| the Free Software Foundation. GNU founder 
| Richard Stallman is its president. 


Apple iPad spanked with Defective by Design protest

,----[ Quote ]
| Not everyone is drooling about Apple's 
| soon-to-be-launched tablet. Members of the 
| anti-DRM group Defective by Design were 
| protesting Wednesday morning outside 
| Apple's tighty controlled launch event, 
| handing out cards mocking Apple's 
| invitation, with Apple's tagline "Come see 
| our latest creation" replaced with "Come 
| see our latest restriction."


Jeremy Allison:

Apple Announces new iShackle (tm) ! (Score:2)


Tim Bray:

Nothing Creative

,----[ Quote ]
| Compared to my laptop, the iPad lacks a 
| keyboard, software development tools, 
| writersâ tools, photographersâ tools, a 
| Web server, a camera, a useful row of 
| connectors for different sorts of wires, 
| and the ability to run whatever software I 
| choose. Compared to my Android phone, it 
| lacks a phone, a camera, pocketability, 
| and the ability to run whatever software I 
| choose. Compared to the iPad, my phone 
| lacks book-reading capability, 
| performance, and screen real-estate. 
| Compared to the iPad, my computer lacks a 
| touch interface and suffers from excessive 
| weight and bulk.
| [...]
| For creative people, this device is 
| nothing.


Apple bribes Cringely to rave about it... and Jason Calacanis too:

Apple tablet costs $600 to $800, says beta tester


Apple's tablet and the media hype machine

,----[ Quote ]
| The principle behind the Apple tablet 
| hype-excitement-burnout cycle is nothing 
| new, of course; we've seen this happen 
| time and time again (see: the weeks 
| leading up to every other Apple event in 
| recent history). Whether you're an Apple 
| fan or an Apple hater, odds are you've by 
| now reached the point of saturation when 
| it comes to the endless analysis of a 
| product we don't actually know anything 
| about.


Google Routes Around App Store On The iPhone... Others Can Too


Wait, Who Wants A Proprietary, Locked Down Device That Limits What You Can Do?

,----[ Quote ]
| I honestly didn't have very much to say 
| about Apple's introduction of the iPad, 
| which seems like something of a non-event, 
| really. However, it's fascinating to see 
| some, such as Nick Carr, react to the 
| device by suggesting that it's the 
| beginning of the end of the "PC era" in 
| favor of specialized proprietary devices 
| that allow companies to lock things down, 
| act as gatekeepers and, perhaps more 
| importantly, tollbooths...


No, The Apple Tablet Won't Save Publishing Nor Will It End 'Free'


15 reasons why the iPad is no game-changer 


This one is maybe running Linux:

MSI plans to launch an US$500 tablet PC in 2H10

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| Micro-Star International (MSI) is set to launch a Nvidia Tegra-based tablet PC in the 
| second half of 2010 priced US$500, 
| according to company sales director 
| Sambora Chen.



Defective by Design photo:

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