On Thursday, November 17, 2011 08:02:00 AM Craig White wrote: > development follows the money. Computer sales are flat and convergent > devices such as smart phones and tablets are selling. Why is it so hard to > figure out that computer development is following the money? > > Recognize that it's not just Linux development but Microsoft is developing > Windows 8 to run on many different hardware platforms including ARM and > it's clear that they see this as essential to their continued existence. > Apple is seeking to parlay their small device success into greater > penetration into the main computer sales. You are seeing the convergence > of what is known as smart phones, tablet computing and the personal > computer into an amorphous OS that can take any form. Don't forget that > even the computer on everyone's desk at their work place is really just a > 'personal computer' with some ability to use shared resources, whether > physically at the office or somewhere in the Internet cloud. > > As for the majority... more than 50% of all phones sold now are smart > phones. Soon everyone, everywhere will have one. How did this thread get started on CentOS? Anyway, I do a good 1/3 to 1/2 of my casual browsing on my Moto Droid 2. When I listen to the "radio", I use my phone with a blue tooth headset and an app that lets me listen to any radio station anywhere in the world. I read books on my phone, I answer lightweight emails, schedule meetings, skype chat, play a game or two, read a 'book' with my nook app. I reset my sprinklers by downloading the PDF manual and reading it on my phone while I dicker with the buttons. Why my Internet capable smart phone is far easier to use than my sprinkler timer is reason enough for a smart competitor to bankrupt Rainbird. Anybody who doesn't think smart phones are going to be mainstream is missing something! No, I don't code on my phone, but I don't crack out my laptop at the bus stop, either. My smart phone, with its slide-out keyboard, does passable-to-great at everything up to serious work. Give it an optional external monitor/keyboard, and it could easily grow into that, too, given a few years. -- This message has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, and is believed to be clean.