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In addition to Linux distros like Mint, and Windows, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone got OS X working on the Chromebook Pixel. I don’t think Google planned on selling a ton of these devices, but you’re basically getting one for free, if you were already thinking about using Google’s 1TB of cloud storage.
The only way I see MS being able to get RT to be compatible with x86 is to either write an emulator, which will be slow, or only support said compatibility with .Net apps. You can’t just run native x86 code on an ARM processor; the vendor would need to recompile the app specifically for ARM (unless it’s done with .Net or some other platform-agnostic runtime sitting on top of the OS)
Really? Because I’m planning on buying one in about a month. Saving up for it at the moment. Going with an OEM Pro model for the full desktop environment, not the cheap limited ARM version. It’s basically a laptop light, with some fantastic features my wife can make use of on a routine basis. Features that an iPad can’t compete with. Plus it’s going to run about anything an iPad can to boot. So… What’s up?
Microsoft should throw Windows RT and Windows phone to dustbin.Then only the “curse” that has been “hunting” them ever since the launch of Android and i OS some 4 years back will go.Microsoft should concentrate only on windows OS 8.1 and beyond.They should make more better laptops,better desktop pc’s and then concentrate on smaller form factors like tablets and smartphones and bring full fledged windows OS to smart phones/tablets.If proper research and innovation is done a full fledged windows OS can work optimally even in a 3.5 inch screen smart phone/form factor.Then only Microsoft can restore their position in the market.
I agree with the author. Although I do hope he is wrong about Ubuntu phone. Even though I am an avid Google user, there is something elegant and appealing about Ubuntu phone.
Love the Pixel, and even as a Google user, I would never buy one. I love the Chromebook idea (I have a series 5, the white one), I am not paying over $1000 for one. Anyone who says just install Linux or Windows, probably has not tried it on another Chromebook. It is not as easy as installing on other devices. Trust me, Chrubuntu has yet to install on my Chromebook correctly.
I agree with most of the items on the list, but not the Ubuntu phone.
I don’t think it will be a major seller, but the progression for Ubuntu from servers and virtual desktops (cloud machines) to smaller platforms like embedded machines is already happening. The next major market is probably automotive electronics, replacing the proprietary automotive entertainment consoles that are different for every manufacturer and model of car.
After that, the Ubuntu phone is the necessary missing piece to harmonize the (open source) operating systems from personal computing devices (desktop, laptop, netbook) to the mobile platform. It forms a missing link to network the automotives and share access to cloud resources.
If the Ubuntu phone did disappear by 2014 it will just come back again after Ubuntu shows up in embedded automotive electronics.