It bums me out to see nerds repeat what they perceive to be conventional wisdom like "desktop/laptop computing is dying, mobile is the future". There are so many tasks that normal users do that benefit from a full keyboard and a monitor-sized display with multiple windows. Some of those tasks will *always* be a pain on mobile, unless you connect with a kb/mouse + monitor at which point you're using a hobbled PC anyway. We are the torchbearers for general purpose computing, don't give up people.
things are heading into closed proprietary cloud territory because it’s a model that makes money. where it’s distinctly heading is that in the future, software development will take place on an amazon server accessed via a locked down chromebook kinda thing. and that will be truly dire. but from my perspective it looks like fighting the tide unless we all uh, “go galt” stallman style.
@amydentata @jplebreton where steve jobs was coming from with his “truck” remark was, i think, something he explained at a developer talk. when he was at NeXT the OS was set up to boot from network and store everything on a NAS that someone else backs up and maintains. no more backup headaches or lost work! a dream he wanted to recreate for everyone. and iOS/iCloud is basically 80% there.
@amydentata @jplebreton I think it’s a good vision. but there’s nothing about the vision that couldn’t be done with open source/non proprietary technologies. say, instead of owning a physical hard drive, we have a virtual one that can be easily migrated to any standards compliant cloud storage provider, or a home / office NAS. done right (say, with an enforced user bill of rights) it wouldn’t matter if you don’t physically own a general purpose computer. or you can if you want.
@amydentata @jplebreton like i think we can be free to create and have access to general purpose computing without necessarily needing an actual physical machine. “the freedom to create” vision is great but i think it needs to get clearer about what freedom and access really means, in a way that includes some kind of sustainable economic model, and clarity about access for people who can’t afford full desktop computers
@amydentata @jplebreton and of course, attractive enough in some way to actually compete with closed gardens for attention- fully addressing the reasons that walled gardens are attractive and facing full on the stark reality that photographers and video editors will not spend their weekends monkeying with linux drivers
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