I know it sounds crazy but the Linux Desktop isn't dead, it's just pining. It's pining for the correct platform--a tablet computer. And, I'm not referring to some cheap imitation tablet that will merely satisfy a few observers and nerdlets who use Linux. I'm thinking of a tablet computer for hardcore Linux moguls. You know, the kind of Linux person who is so into Linux that he tries to carry an egg on his feet through the winter. The kind of Linux fan who carries a wallet-sized photo of Linus Torvalds in her wallet. Linux pines for a true tablet platform that will do Linux justice and vice versa. Does one exist? Not yet.
It's hard to admit that the Linux Community just doesn't have enough force behind it to create and support a Linux tablet.
Oh, I know that there are a few Linux "pads" out there and a few more in the works but none have the appeal of the Apple iPad. Who do we think we're fooling with the notion that there is a Linux-based product that could compete with the iPad?
Don't fret. I'm not buying a damn iPad either. I just don't think I can justify $700+ on something that a) I wouldn't feel good about because it isn't Linux, b) I can't afford, c) will be obsolete in a year, and d) is Apple-based.
But, to the original point, the Linux Desktop needs its own venue. On standard PCs and laptops, it is viewed as a replacement for Windows. On a phone, it seems like a "You're trying too hard" replacement for whatever operating system your phone uses. On these cheap little tablet computer wannabes, it seems like a poor replacement attempt for Apple.
Perhaps what the Linux Community needs is a new device. A new generation device that uses Skype for VOIP calls, has a stylus-writable screen (also does touch), may contain a fully installed Linux OS (not just an Android Linuxette system), is fully connectible via peripherals and has expandable memory. I'm sick of single use and non-upgradeable devices. Normal people just don't have the money to replace their gadgetry every two years. We need something that we can grow with and retrofit with new devices and peripherals.
Someone needs to get to work on that.
Oh? You think that I should do it?
Here's my personal dilemma. If I had the money to do it, I wouldn't. And, since I don't have the money, I can't do it. But, someone needs to. Just not me.
I, too, am pining for a Linux tablet or some as yet uninvented device that would impress the most jaded of curmudgeonly Linux Community observers.
I'll keep dreaming and Linux will keep pining.