Robert Pogson

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I Told You So, Ubuntu GNU/Linux Desktops are Emerging in 2012

  • Mar 01 / 2012
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I Told You So, Ubuntu GNU/Linux Desktops are Emerging in 2012

If you cannot go in through the front door to retail sales establishments, go in through the back…

Ubuntu GNU/Linux is now ready to run on gadgets like the Motorola Atrix smart phone and work like a desktop when docked. I still don’t like the Unity interface on a desktop but there it is and a user may find advantage in having the same interface on smart phone as desktop.

see The Inquirer – MWC: Ubuntu for Android video demo, on Motorola Atrix

Here’s a video from Canonical:
, on HTC Sensation smart phone.

This technology is too cool, useful, and mobile to keep off retail shelves. It will justify the strategy of Canonical and open the door for GNU/Linux on desktops everywhere. A few million devices sold in 2012 will open the door for 2013 being a great year for GNU/Linux desktops. M$’s “8″ will land in a hot zone with the competition ready for their feeble efforts.

11 Comments

  1. oiaohm

    Clarence Moon for business using terminal services mobile phone in dock can be a useful way to log users in. Large encryption key embedded in phone to id user this is far stronger than passwords users normally come up with. Password on key on phone just in case it gets stolen. Even better is transparent login. Person docks phone they login without having to remember passwords and other items. So you can use more random generation on encryption sides.

    Your does not run windows is that important to a business where all windows applications are provided from central server. So that is a no-op really Windows compatibility is optional at a office seat these days. As long as Windows compatibility is provided in the server room it does not need to be at seat.

    Clarence Moon
    “One big thing that puzzles me is how you make or take a phone call with your phone all tied up that way.”

    You know your bluetooth headset people use when driving. That still works when the phone is docked. No problem at all with the phone tied that way. Also mobile phones have a speaker phone mode that also works fine when docked.

    Yes people forget you cannot hold onto phone when driving so see problems with docks that don’t exist. You have to dock your phone in a car anyhow so it recharges so it don’t go flat on you when you are out in the field.

    No extra gear just standard mobile on the move persons equipment required. Just instead of leaving the bluetooth headset in car you bring it into office when you need to dock. Yes because is docking again. Car and Office docking what is the real difference. Office docking you get access to the business network directly.

    This is the problem Clarence Moon most of the business phone users don’t hold phone up to ear for long calls but use a headset anyhow. So bluetooth head set is mandatory kit.

    Really its about time you spend some time doing IT inventory at a business Clarence Moon. This will allow you to see how they are really using there hardware.

    Once you see the hardware usage docking phone makes perfect sense. They have to dock phone in office to sync at times as well. So dock phone comes thin client is just making better use of investment in hardware. Why have a thin client that is a arm processor when the phone has a arm processor that can do the job also enabled higher secuirty. Yes people forget android phones can have remote deleting if lost or stolen.

  2. Andrew

    A few summers ago I remember an interview where Mr. Balmer stated the iphone wouldn’t amount to much. Perhaps he meant winphone.

    This time around x86 fans say tablet-phone based units are a fad, not usable for real work.

  3. kozmcrae

    Lord Error said:

    “Good luck with the year of the Linux desktop.”

    While you were not waiting for the year of the Linux desktop the year of the Linux mobile devices kicked you in the ass. You didn’t notice Linus’ foot print on the seat of your pants?

    While you were frantically pointing at the desktop you were being ignored because it doesn’t matter any more. You must have missed the party. It’s mobile devices now.

  4. Lord Eron

    Good luck with the year of the Linux desktop.

    Assuming, of course, you can be right at all. Well, we can dream forever.

  5. Clarence Moon

    If nothing else, I admire your unquestioning dedication to your cause, Mr. Pogson!

    But I do believe your enthusiasm is misplaced. You read too much into these feints, sort of like Michelle Bachmann thinking the Iowa Straw Poll was the key to getting elected President of the US.

    One big thing that puzzles me is how you make or take a phone call with your phone all tied up that way. Maybe there’s a speaker but that would make all your conversations rather public. How would you cope?

  6. oe

    “They weigh about as much as a candy bar and don’t melt in your hands.”

    Ah, but you can’t do dual use and heat your room with ARM’ed stuff anymore. I used the windows box in my old location to keep my feet warm against in the winter as it was a mandatory issue item. Pull off the side panel and keep the Norton running a continuous scan, while doing all the work on the booleg CentOS box

  7. oe

    “And it doesn’t even run Windows”

    That’s, too me, is a killer feature…..

  8. Robert Pogson

    I think the idea is that a business could have these units scattered around the place and in employees homes and the user would carry around little but a smartphone. They weigh about as much as a candy bar and don’t melt in your hands.

    As a teacher, I used to roll a cart around when I went to meetings: cart, notebook or ATX PC, projector, speakers, cables… It was like a tank going to a picnic. A school with a bunch of docks and smart phones issued to teachers could be pretty cool. Theft would increase no doubt but the extreme portability is wonderful. Even strong men hate the off-balance condition notebooks cause. Less weight is more useful.

  9. Clarence Moon

    A few million devices sold in 2012 will open the door for 2013 being a great year for GNU/Linux desktops. M$’s “8″ will land in a hot zone with the competition ready for their feeble efforts.

    Well, maybe. Personally, I can’t see this being all that hot of a item in the stores. The big attraction for being mobile is not having all that baggage to tote around. When you get to your workstation, what’s the advantage of having to plug your phone into a dock to get your work done?

    Dual core or not, this is a pretty minimal computer as computers go these days and it is rather pricey, given that it’s starting with a $599 (list) phone with about a $400 street price. When you get all done, you don’t have the equivalent of even a cheap laptop in x86 terms.

    And it doesn’t even run Windows.

  10. Andrew

    The shape of things to come:

    http://www.androidguys.com/2012/02/27/asus-introduces-two-new-tablets-at-mwc-under-the-name-transformer-pad/

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/27/asus-padfone-formally-launched-4-3-inch-super-amoled-display-s/

    http://www.reghardware.com/2012/02/27/asus_unveils_three_in_one_padfone/

    http://www.reghardware.com/2012/02/27/asus_outs_1920_by_1280_android_tablet_ipad_3_challenger/

    Maybe this is why microsoft and apple are frantically pushg FRAND/RAND viscerally at the EU.

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