I had to smile when I read this article.“A Sydney library is claiming a world first: it’s going to add Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy tablets to its lending shelves.”
see Council offers free iPads.
I hope this catches on. M$’s EULA forbids the lending of OEM-installed OS from M$… Chuckle. If libraries or other businesses get into lending/leasing small cheap computers, M$’s OS will not be there except a higher cost because M$ always likes to “get value” for every use of its OS. Another failure for the non-Free software players.
It’s not far-fetched. I can see a raft of tablets in doctors and dentists’ waiting rooms, buses and trains with the things built-in to the vehicles. Airplanes are already doing it. Why not everyone else including the family car? Small cheap computers fit everywhere and M$ does not belong.
M$’s business lock-in is about all that will be left in a few years and it is being eaten by the new trend to tablets and thin clients. It’s all good. What the world’s governments couldn’t do, the market is finally getting around to fixing, the Wintel monopoly disease.