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Linux changing the world more rapidly
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Linux has changed the world rapidly.
And its changing even faster than ever before.

Something is happening in the PC market.

Japan sees 25% drop in PC sales.

The rest of the world has seen 10% per year
and acclerating.

Everyone is moving to super fast phablets
as their window into the world around them.

Minimum 8 core phablet with 2GB RAM with 32GB
eMMC, 2048*1536 is probably the low spec machines
by end of this year. By this time next year,
all of those machines will have doubled in features
and sport 64 bit.

They are going to need a large variety of Linux distro
to fill the niche being opened up for them
to maximimise sales.

Ubuntu comes to mind, but all Linux
distros can run efficiently on 2GB RAM
8 core and 32 GB eMMC. So there should
be nothing stopping the mad race to port
all distros to high definition phablets.
I think if the China hardware vendors want more sales,
they should actively seek out help with ports of Linux
to phablets and then they can own the new
desktop space by bringing out numerous
application software, or just enabling
the existing ones into the new tablets
to get massive mega sales volume orders.




Re: Linux changing the world more rapidly
On 09/30/2014 12:31 PM, 7 wrote:
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Slow your roll, Tex.

Ain't no way you're going to be playing Borderlands pre-sequel on a
"phablet".

Ditto for Titanfall, Battlefield 4, and any modern, push-eq-to-the-limit
game.  (In fact, you could say that gaming drives the high-performance
desktop market just as much -- if not more -- as other silo cases.)

Then there's content creation.  Anybody who thinks they can effectively
edit a video on a phablet must have been injected with hipster juice,
rotting their brain.

Or anything having to do with transcoding.  For instance, I sometimes
transcode a directory full of flac files to high-quality mp3 to play on
my car stereo.  How long would that take with a "phablet", even if it
had the software to do it?

Desktops aren't going anywhere.

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Re: Linux changing the world more rapidly
vallor wrote:

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A lot of these problems are not down to tablet per se.

Moving vast quantities of data around requires a big bus.
Big bus ARM 64 bit server things exist.
Not that you would want that in a tablet.
Also beasts such as 64 CPU core ARM chips exist.
Again, not something you would wear.  
The real news is that items such as 8 core 64 bits
are coming and they have massive computing power  
but with a low power budget. And faster speeds.
That is a game changer.

The 8 core devices I bought are fast already.
256MB USB file copy is as fast as any modern PC clocking
up just a couple of seconds.

The next gen have USB2 built in and dropping sata
because it is as fast as SATA and its USB compatible.

With eMMC fitted, they boot like SSDs and take
about 20 seconds to boot, just like medium fast PC
with Linux (a very fast PC boots in about 5 seconds
with same Linux).

Video is an even bigger problem.

E.g. the intel Atom is tiny compared to a very basic
3D accelerator chip. So yes you could put a big
3D accelerator in a tablet, but then the cooling
and 500W power supply for the rendering engines
would probably do it some injustice.

People with big data shuffling requirements
will always need the old style PCs for some
time more. But the future is with tablets
and for the majority where such extreme bus
speeds are not an every day issue.


Re: Linux changing the world more rapidly
On Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:05:29 -0700, vallor wrote:

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Good post.
I agree.


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Re: Linux changing the world more rapidly
On Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:31:52 +0100, 7 wrote:

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I do agree with you that Linux is changing the world however not in
the ways you have written.
Desktops aren't going anywhere soon even though the tablet/phablet
markets are growing like crazy. Those devices supplement traditional
computers not replace them, at least for most people.

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