Seth Weintraub makes minced meat of some of the bullet-points of Jobs introduction of the iPad 2. No doubt Apple makes a decent product, but why do they have to lie? Lying is a no-no in technological evangelism.
We see all kinds of lying in tech:
- that other OS still holds 95% of the desktop,
- “7” runs well on small, cheap computers,
- GNU/Linux is not thriving in China,
- GNU/Linux is not thriving in Brazil, and
- GNU/Linux is not doing well in Russia.
In fact, GNU/Linux is doing very well indeed and there are only a few places on Earth where that other OS still dominates: business, and retail shelves in North America. Business will eventually see the advantages of being more competitive by using GNU/Linux on the desktop and retail businesses will eventually have to give customers what they want or lose share to start-ups. I see huge inroads in the smartphone and tablet markets. That will spread more generally to personal computing in 2011. The advantages of ARM processors in personal computing systems combined with the advantages of GNU/Linux are too many to resist much longer. It does involve change but change is necessary for survival.