Ok away with the Linus excuses, where windows has a clear commercial interest and just 'watches the shop', Linus has just 1 reason to not upgrade to a more modern concept.stevenaaus wrote:Yes , of course PCs will always exist and thrive... but for 90% of people, a good tablet is much more suitable than a PC. That is what i meant to say.diep wrote:Realize the first ipad from apple with ios, that this version 1.0, still popular here and there, it can't even multithread. Everything has to be 1 thread.Hmmm - i dont agree. It is what Apple have done so well, and it's the reason they are know the worlds most valuable company.I don't think it's tough to produce touch device type software.
No. Sorry, but i prefer Linus' technical assessment of good OS practice. OSes are a very low level thing... a very specific voodoo.There is no 'increased quality' for what they deliver. Same problem with linux. It's a single processor concept that's monolithic. Drivers all integrate into the kernel and Linus isn't willing to ever change that. He doesn't give a clear explanation why. Just an excuse.
The excuse is that it would slow the kernel down. At the same time he doesn't want to really make it multicore capable. The important functionality like sockets still works in a centralized unsafe manner and is central locking every single action it undertakes.
Yes, but that's hardly related to Linux being a monlothic kernel.Every chinese guy who walks closeby has all your memo's instantly. By bluetooth or whatever technology you didn't realize that auto activates itself when you didn't suspect it.
This is a very pertinent issue. Eben Moglen: Time To Apply The First Law Of Robotics To Our Smartphones
If he's making it better multicore capable and not monolithic then he loses power he has now. Right now HE is the guy who decides which company is allowed to hack you. When the kernel is a lot better, the hacking capabilities of device drivers gets less simply. They won't be able to take over the entire kernel like they do now for every freaking small organisation on this planet who wants that. Right now Linus has the power to decide who gets in and who gets out.
When the kernel would be much safer by means of a better concept, then his power gets less of course as he's just busy software engineering then.
There is no excuse to keep the old slogan going.
A better SMP kernel would also obviously make things cheaper for industry as right now they're clocking those ARM cpu's way too high, just because 1 fast core is worth more than 16 slow cores, whereas 16 tiny slow cores is pretty cheap to produce and much cheaper than 1 high clocked dual core they produce right now.
The ARMs are just an echo from the past. They're doing what intel and AMD did do 12-13 years ago, just of course low power.
We all know already that multicore is faster, but it requires better software.
It's easy to make things touchable.
Apple is big because they make big noise and have a design BRAND. It's a BRAND name more than a quality name.
their software is not so great, yet look what surrounds them. Windows and Linux also basically have stopped.
Nowadays linux distro's eat way too much RAM and diskspace. Everything usually has debug code; maybe GCC 4.7 will improve all this a tad, but one of the fundamental weak spots besides the kernel is having a good interface.
When one specific distro is doing great, usually some big company buys it.
We had Suse and Redhat first doing great, then both got bought and VROOM were away as they are expensive and slow releasing now.
Fedora core is a total joke and bad maintained, if you install it at some computers, already 1 core is gone to it.
The only serious free distribution right now is Ubuntu, yet it's a matter of time until this guy who owns it, sells it for some big cash, like he he has done with other companies in the past.
KDE has deteriorated bigtime past few years.
Even if you try to just install some distro with KDE right now and try to remote connect to that box in a graphical way, it ain't easy to get it done.
It's just not user friendly and there is no good guide online how to do it.
From server viewpoint it's a joke.
Gnome still works with VNC. That's junk from 15 years ago. Sincethen it hardly improved.
Windows remote desktop also is very old, yet even 15 years later the linux dudes didn't improve aspects like this, which is pretty important for crunching hardware.
You don't want to lose a core when running software of course - a lot of software doesn't scale well anymore when losing a core! Not to mention chess engines...
It's still the same thing from 12 years ago, just eats more RAM and 20GB of diskspace.
I've got a bunch of P2's here and P3's and quite other old hardware. Forget graphical installs at that from major distro's. You simply NEED lots of RAM.
In case of Apple, they force you to buy every 6 months a new version of their junk OS.
Do they already have a new compiler?
Realize how cheapskate apple works. They're the largest company on the planet and everything i got here on os/x it's all GCC 4.0, a compiler apple didn't do anything for nor contribute anything to.
Not even 1 guy.
The apple imperium is based upon selling iphones and ipods and a few ipads. If they don't show up with yet another new toy, it's not gonna stay that huge.
A company is worth as much as the dividend they pay out IMHO. Market never followed that rule too much for some weirdo reason to me.
Apple had the tendency to never pay out dividend and just pile up all the cash. Investors, eager to get dividend therefore gambled it would go up for monkey reasons.
Now paying out 1.8% dividend doesn't make Apple an outperformer at all, as the S&P 500 standard is to pay 2% dividend yield a year. So apple approaches that standard yet it's not abundant at all.
They can do this for a few years with apple, but then they need new product lines. Will they manage to launch those?
You tell me.
What did they develop in software? Oh quite something, but for a company of that size it's not too much.
Not even a fraction of what m$ has produced.