I’ve long proposed that small cheap computers are the future.“Atom PC is an easy to setup and use Mini Desktop PC, which is powered by Quad core Cortex-A17 1.8G processor. It supports Dual OS (Android & Ubuntu OS). It’s not only a Computer, but also a Home Media Center, Gaming Box, Portable Linux Workstation, Skype & Video Conference tool etc.” It looks like 2015 could be the year this concept goes mainstream. IndieGoGo has a modest project to begin mass-production of a nice little ARMed computer which should satisfy most needs. It’s got enough computing power, graphics power and memory to be useful for all the kinds of tasks folks use a smartphone or tablet but it’s definitely a desktop-PC form factor. It has the instant supply of Android apps and the usability of a GNU/Linux desktop all in one package.
There are some limitations though… It needs more RAM if folks are going to go crazy browsing the web and having a bunch of windows open. 2gB is plenty for the OS but marginal for browsers like Chrome. With FireFox it should be OK. Storage is where it’s lacking as a desktop PC but that can be fixed with an external USB-drive of some kind. The internal Flash drive is a good start out of the box. Presumably, an external USB drive would be where a user could plunk lots of downloads, backups, local copies, multimedia files etc. It’s not the latest and greatest ARM processor but likely that will be available in similar boxes before long. ARM is good enough to run a good desktop and should be quite competitive with ChromeBooks which are accepted by the market. I can see such devices multiplying like rabbits in 2015 leaving that other OS and its cumbersome hardware in the dust. There might still be a place for a Wintel PC in the market by the end of 2015, like working on huge data/multimedia but that can mostly be done on a server, somewhere out on the network. A desktop should be a cozy and quiet place where this PC belongs.
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- renewable energy
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.