The tail has quit wagging the dog.
Today, Digitimes reports, “As demand for touchscreen notebooks has been far weaker than expected, notebook vendors have stopped developing touch-enabled notebooks for the fourth quarter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”
OEMs are tired of the constant demands by Wintel to
- sell consumers what they don’t want or need, and
- charge consumers above the market price for products, allowing competitors to steal customers.
It’s about time. Thanks, Google, Canonical, Dell, ASUS, and a cast of millions for giving us freedom from Wintel. It’s a rare and remarkable thing when a patient is saved from stage IV cancer. Now that OEMs have acknowledged that smaller and cheaper is better (the customer is always right) we should see a lot more GNU/Linux on retail shelves along with all those Android/Linux devices. The market is converging on a system with options not restrictions. Expect to see Android/Linux + GNU/Linux systems being offered in bulk really soon, perhaps by Christmas.