madoba wrote:This article makes no mention of Linux moving to tablet PC's. To me this is where the PC market is moving in 2012. ...
After reading the article linux 2013, the article will be obsolete by 2013.
You will be welcomed in the Hall of Fame of all those who have said "From today xxxx will be replaced by yyyy !"
[Warning - car analogies] You will find yourself with those who said the people carrier will be the only type of car anybody will need in future ditto the Austin Mini and, more recently, the tiny electric car that folded up like a deckchair.
There will be Paul Delaroche, the painter who when he first saw a photograph in 1839 who said "From today, painting is dead!". There will be those who said it about tinned food, then frozen food. They said it about self-tuition courses on LP records. They said it about those 1980's "fag packet" digital camaras, then mobile phone cameras.
Some of these things were successes (frozen food) and some failures (deckchair cars) but they supplemented and did not replace their predecessor. You can still buy fresh food, SLR cameras, and get tuition in classes.
What possible reason could there be to dislike?
Only photo editing, word processing, viewing films, reality games, spreadsheeting, looking at detailed diagrams, having more then one window open, or anything you want to be doing sitting comfortably at a desk or table as opposed to standing in a train. That is without even mentioning geek things like developing.
You are also forgetting silver surfers. A generation who grew up with PCs is approaching the age (40+) when people find eyesight problems. They need a big screen for a decent-sized font.
You are failing to recognise a distinct new market area and assuming instead that it will replace an existing one. Certainly there are many people who bought a home PC to see what the fuss was all about, but now only need the web and Facebook, and these may find their PC falls into disuse. But the remaining market for desktops and laptops will be vast, far bigger than just the early "geek days", and too big for the likes of Ubuntu and Gnome to be ignoring.