“Perhaps the product that caused the greatest stir at Asus’s press conference was its Memo Pad FHD7. It wasn’t the tablet’s Android OS or ARM-based processor that wooed the crowd, but the price tag, which starts at just $129. That’s difficult for a Windows PC in any form factor to match.
Still, Intel believes tablets in their current form remain secondary devices, for content consumption rather than creation. And through its new Haswell chips, Intel says its partners will offer full-powered laptops — and tablets — that can be used for editing video and other demanding tasks.”
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Face it, Wintel. The 80/20 rule applies to multimedia creation. 80 percent of people mostly absorb the content produced by 20 percent of the people. That means 80% of us are just fine with a small cheap computer. For example, I can blog, browse, play media, run tickr (ticker-tape news reader), update all the software on all the PCs in my home (there are a lot of them) and run databases and web-applications with something no more powerful than a quad-core Atom. Really, the meter does not get off the peg until I build the latest kernel… Who really needs your latest bloated notebook running a hair-drier just to keep M$’s OS running all its malware?
Of course, I run Debian GNU/Linux so my PC does what I want it to do, not what M$ and its “partners” want it to do, generate $billions per quarter in revenue for them.
With this kind of thinking, OEMs are really going to get squeezed. They are getting fed up paying M$ for licences they can’t sell. OEMs, M$ is the source of your problems, not the solution. While the world has discovered and produced hundreds of millions of small cheap computers, your profit margins are tiny and your market shares are dropping. Get a clue and go with */Linux, software that works for you and not against you.
It’s a great year for FLOSS.