Chuckle. It must be a lot harder to sell a laptop/desktop legacy PC these days.“You can buy tablets for under Â£30, but for just over that (including shipping) you can get a 7â€ Quad Core device, and Amazon is now chock-a-block with cheap tablets. Even retail outlets, with brand name tablets, will do you a massive discount.” The tablets have matured, are mass-produced by a multitude of manufacturers and supply exceeds demand, apparently.
That should pretty well eliminate the digital divide in UK. With choices of smartphones/tablets/notebooks/desktops there’s something in every price/performance range with a choice of CPU and operating system. Now for the rest of the world… 2014 was a great year for */Linux and small cheap computers but at this rate, 2015 might be even better.
The more competitive the market for personal computing, the more innovative will be OEMs and retailers. I expect many more will ship GNU/Linux just to be different or to offer something new. 2015 could be the last year retail shelves exclude GNU/Linux anywhere. The monopoly is truly dead.
On that note, my Galaxy S antique smartphone came back to me and I had to “reset to factory defaults” to get rid of others’ personal accounts. So I started from scratch to repopulate my “apps”. It’s all good and rather neat to watch the Android environment “evolve” in my hand. Despite being old and slow this little gadget is plenty fast enough for everyday tasks. I expect in 2015 even more folks will give up the legacy PC for something smaller/cheaper/more portable.