Proprietary Desktops (OS) are going to collapse..
..everyone knows that sooner or later. MS and Apple can’t keep spending astronomical amounts developing their own operating systems, because this cost is transferred automatically to their customers, and I don’t think they will be very pleased to pay more for less. Besides, they are just two companies, against the whole world.
The big advantage of Windows is that it runs almost any desktop software that exists. Too bad for them that Software Companies are now investing either in Web (with HTML5) or in cross-platform. On the other hand Apple does good mostly because of their hardware and less with their software. And again too bad for them, that ASUS, HTC and so on, are making boxes that make iPad seem like a museum piece.
There are many factors (ie patents, deals, marketing etc..) to take into consideration but the natural flow of things will lead to 100% of open source market at least for Operating Systems. What will never collapse is the heavy industry, and in that case I mean Computer Hardware.
I’ve used Windows 8 a bit in a tablet and I have to admit that they rock. Windows 8 and metro have received mostly bad critics, I don’t have a clue about their technical specifications, but they feel awesome in a touch screen, where they have a fallback mode in a traditional Windows 7 interface.
Above is the Microsoft Surface Notebok/Tablet that comes with either an ARM or x86 Architectures. Certainly a nice move from MS to go into hardware.
This is by far my favorite Tablet/Notebook.
It has two touch screens (front and back) and an Intel i7. You can check more in Official Asus Taichi page.
yes, Gnome3 did a good deal with Touch Screens!
A friend of mine will travel to the USA in April and I told him to buy and bring me a Google Nexus 10 which costs around 300euros ($399) there, where I doubt that prices in Europe will be less than 450-500euros ($700). I will first make sure that I can install GNOME3 , but I think you can anyway. If not then I will order another Tablet/Notebook, maybe Taichi.
My point is that my next Laptop will certainly be a touch screen and I guess yours also. Imagine the loss if I had a touchscreen one and I had GNOME 2 on this. Maybe we will have keyboard for many more years but I doubt we will have non-touch screens in the near future. So yes I applaud GNOME 3 design!
GNOME 3 isn’t yet ready to native play with touch screens, for example Gestures and Multi-Gestures will probably come in GNOME 3.10. Touch screens have also some constraints, like <Right Click> and <Mouse Over> that GNOME 3 isn’t ready to fully support yet. In GNOME3 context Apps, we can enable selection mode by Right Top button (if we are in touchscreen) or just by <Right Click> with the mouse. *A nice catch.
But all these manufacturers won’t ship GNOME in their boxes. So what? GNOME was never to been pre-installed anyway. Hopefully Canonical (or other companies) will make some deals with serious manufactures, for serious devices and not second class hardware.
*It doesn’t work in Clocks, bug..
Chirita – Made in France
People that like class can pay around a $17.000 and buy a real classical desktop. Chirita boss is a bit eccentric and you will get some extreme designs on their page.
I think that is build according to Napoleon tastes. So if Napoleon was alive today, that would be most likely his PC.
GNOME & Tablets
Who said that there is only tablets and notebooks/desktops? It seems that there is a new wave of devices that combine all the previous three. GNOME 3 is just perfect for them. Microsoft and Windows 8 just opened the door!
Notebooks/Tablets is the next big market, (Ultrabooks was just a marketing joke) and GNOME has made a nice move with GNOME 3, one system for both Notebooks and Tablets; one device that is both Notebook, Tablet and desktop, just plug it into your 24″ monitor.. It has i7 :)