BTW, yEd is a fairly strong, multi-platform Visio alternative for a lot of diagram types.
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I have worked with Lotus Notes for a couple of years and liked it overall. It is very different from Outlook and Thunderbird but it has its strong points.
Being written in Java is more of an advantage than a negative. You run the exact same software on all different platforms, no annoying differences like Office on Windows and Mac. Moreover, JVMs are pretty fast nowadays and Lotus Notes is typically started once a day so Java's cold-start issue is not very visible. I use several mid/big Java apps daily (like FreeMind, yEd and they work OK.
Re: Elementary OS is the best Linux Desktop period.
I have no experience with Elementary buth have the same feeling when comparing Linux Mint Cinnamon to the rest of the desktop crowd.
Linux and MacOS will thank this
If Win8 goes into production like this, a huge number of users will migrate to Linux and MacOS on the desktop. What Vista couldn't achieve, Metro will.
This will safely put MacOS to 10-20% of desktop market share and catapult Linux to 5-10% which will actually make it a relevant desktop OS. Apple and Linus will send a big thank you to Balmer.
(Unless a Win8 SP1 comes out in a couple of months and quickly makes it possible to switch Metro off completely.)
Natural Gas, while is quite clean to burn, has serious CO2 footprint, so it has an aggravating effect on Global Warming. It is a good option only if the feedstock is renewable bio-methane from landfills, and dedicated digesters. I see a big potential in bio-methane production.
depends on the price
It doesn't matter if the UK has worse solar potential than the EU average as long as the price of solar electricity generation is comparable or cheaper than other forms.
Solar generation technologies are continually falling in price. PV the most prominent but other solar tech is advancing too. As others have said, even PV can match grid-parity at a lot of places in the world TODAY, possibly 5 years for the EU average and 10 years for the UK.
There are a lot of news about breakthroughs in the area of cheap, direct hydrogen/methane production from solar energy. Methane production is the most promising because that can be immediately used by NG power plants and distributed through existing networks.
If Oracle gets really aggressively stupid
then Apache and Google can still create a nice Java fork and pretty quickly kill Oracle's Java.
Some thought on this:
and Java is real cross-platform
Just an interesting side-note:
Java is still the only, real cross-platform environment which also includes a cross-platform GUI library (see the remark about IDEA).
Oh yeah, MS Office is soooo goood
I always say this when Word 97 shits itself and freeze when editing a large, complicated document.
Word97 is still the standard at my company: a huge insurance comp.
This never happens with OpenOffice 3.2 I use in parallel.
An other thing: Most of the people I know find the Ribbon in the new Office is the perfect blocker of real, efficient work.
So yes, OpenOffice is so crappy and MS Office is so good.
Either this, or your post is plain-old bullshit.
Nice idea but I don't see the need for Windows in this home-cloud environment.
Maybe your desktop but everything else is better served with Linux. If you don't need Windows only software, than even your desktop is better served with Linux.
I am not even sure that you can find a serious cloud software which runs on both Win and Linux. Openstack for example seems to have only a windows client.
Not to mention the Windows licence fees if you want to properly own it.
Of course you need to have some knowledge
If you can't deal with modern Linux distros, you can hardly be called a techie.
It makes sense
I believe these specs make sense if you look at what Apple has as its marketing strategy.
They always have to have something new and something "cool".
iOS is not very cool anymore, Android has already reached that level. There is no new software/interface invention easy to implement and missing from the competitors (like multi-touch, accelerometer, gyroscope...etc).
So they can only bump up the specs to remain stand out from the crowd.
- The quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with dual graphics cores would stand out from the Tegra2/OMAP4 offerings
- The retina display would also be unique in the 10" segment
- The camera and the SD slots are just simple damage management of the iPad1.
They would simply make the iPad1 cheaper (say $300-400 as a low-end iPad) and sell the iPad2 a bit more expensive ($700-1000) making it the high-end iPad.
This should also be a tablet "case"
This is like the Always Innovating Smart Book but a little bit worse because this cannot be used as a tablet. However, the Atrix is a real phone, while the core of the AI Smart Book is only a MID.
I would definitely buy this if it also had a tablet configuration like the Smart Book
- The screen part should also have a battery, like the AI machine
- The phone should be dockable into the screen to form a tablet
Browsing and reading
I will buy a tablet machine for browsing the net from the couch and reading my ebooks with FBReader.
It is suspicious that ARM is not growing
When Apple sells 4 million iPads a quarter and who-knows-how-many iPhones, than I am suspicious when this doesn't compile into growing market share of ARM licensees and shrinking market share of Intel and AMD. And this would only be Apple so we are not talking about the millions of cheap Chineese crap tablets which also use some kind of ARM.
Either this report doesn't include ARM shipments at all (in this case it is worthless), or it is false.
This is rubbish, probably from an Apple fanboy.
First of all what Java are you talking about? J2ME, Android apps?
Complex applications consume more memory on EVERY PLATFORM.
Oracle will kill Java completely
With this brainless bickering with Java licensees.
I just hope that Apache and Google quickly create a "fork" of Java and everyone moves there leaving Oracle alone with their stupid and aggressive behaviour.
I don't see any need for a clear-cut, browser-based OS. Nobody trusts the cloud to that extent (and they shouldn't).
Android will just do fine,. They just need to develop it to be able to handle tablets.
Netbook machines could be MUCH BETTER SERVED with full Linux OS-es like Ubuntu, not something so limited like ChromeOS.
They should have just created a Google branded Ubuntu distro using Chrome instead of Firefox and call it ChromeOS.
Oracle will sue the hell out of them
I believe Java Hotspot technology is quite heavily guarded with patents now owned by Oracle.
I am quite sure Ellison is now planning a new lawsuit against all of the browser vendors using anything similar to Hotspot.
Oracle is screwing up Java completely
Java's success is heavily based on its huge infrastracture. You can find a Java library for almost anything.
Apache is a BIG Java free-and-open-source library and infrstructure vendor (e.g. Tomcat).
If Apache leaves Java, lot of companies will leave with them (including ours).
Oracle's field of restrictions are worthless crap. Nobody creates a new Java mobile implementations anymore (so they can't rip off anybody with it), and Android will simply kill off J2ME this way. And if Android doesn't manage to kill J2ME, iOS will. JavaFX cannot change anything now. It is too late for that.
If Oracle had the brain of a mosquito, they would drop the field-of-use restrictions, open-source the remaining Java parts and grant the testing kit to everybody who expresses interest. This way they can rekindle the movement around Java and stop its slow sliding to irrelevancy.
They should make an income of supporting Java implementations. If they want to make big money on Java they are not living in this universe. Everyone will leave the platform as soon as possible (starting with open-source projects). This game has been played by Oracle on Oracle Forms and Reports. Companies using those tech have already left or are leaving feverishly.
Apple is just another leech on Java
Apple officially "deprecated" Java on their desktops expressing that they don't want to spend any money on maintaining it.
Now they will become a big-time Java users in their datacenters, likely running the stuff on Linux servers.
I know, that desktops are different business than servers but seeing this, I would be hard pressed to believe any technological superiority claims of Steve Jobs regarding OSX and Apple hw in general.
One could say that Apple hw and sw is DEPRECATED since even them are moving to Java and Linux.
It amazes me how fast Linux moves in the datacenter.
If the rate stays like this, nobody will use Windows or UNIX in datacenters in a decade.
Not surprising that IDC doesn't want to share Linux system numbers
"Linux server revenues rose by 32.6 per cent to $2.1bn; IDC did not return a call at press time to get a figure for Linux server shipment growth in the quarter."
This is bloody ridiculous.
Obviously, those unit numbers would be VERY unfavourable to Microsoft so they (IDC) simply don't include them.
The revenue numbers are somewhat comparable so that could remain in the "research paper".
This is a clear sign that Linux is CONQUERING the server market at a high rate and Microsoft is falling behind so they are paying to market research companies to try to make this less obvious.
Linux is perfect for home server duties
and completely free and supported well by the coommunity
What is the point in a paying solution for the home when a sufficiently good free alternative is there.
JavaME is junk
Yes, JavaME is junk.
Modern mobile phones are capable of running Java SE, and that is what they would be doing if these RIDICULOUS field of use restrictions weren't in place.
It is high time Oracle correct this huge mistake of Sun and set Java to an emerging path again.
Oracle is making a huge mistake
Oracle should remove those stupid field of use restrictions and give TCK licenses freely.
If Apache leaves the JCP, they may also stop all Java development and look for an other platform for their projects.
That would effectively kill Java.
Every open-source friendly library and application project would stop development on Java and start looking for an other platform.
I don't get it either
A big brand like Toshiba shouldn't make such blatant mistakes like this one with Android.
Unfortunately, you are right
I hope Toshibe get their act together and quickly come out with a solid Ubuntu release.
That could save this product. Otherwise, it is dead in the water which is a pity since the hw is really nice.
RAM is not likely
I believe the RAM is not expansible at all. It is possibly soldered.
I would recommend Ubuntu
Debian is compiled only for ARMv5 so it is not optimized for Tegra2.
Ubuntu on the other hand compiles for ARMv7 and is MUCH-MUCH faster on modern ARM SOCs.
They did it because they are idiots
I would fire the product manager responsible for the AC-100.
This is beautiful hardware with a completely inappropriate OS on it.
This would be a solid success if it had come out with a factory Ubuntu 10.10.
Anroid 3 will still not be a proper Linux
Android 3 may be a good release for tablets, but it will certainly have nothing to do with this machine and smartbooks in general.
Android will not run OpenOffice and other heavyweights you can easily run with this machine with Ubuntu.
As I see, the EFIKA MX has half or less the computing power of Tegra2. So while they are both smartbooks, the dual-core Tegra2 actually has the power to run a full-desktop distro.
Not from my money
As the article well caught it, this growth is from Win7 upgrades. This is expected because XP is very aged and Vista was a piece of .... so everybody who wants to use Windows need to upgrade "nowish" .
If they can show such growth after the Win7 upgrade fever has run out, then I will say they are not on the decline.
This is the proper response to Apple's silly behaviour.
For you, perhaps not
"Please start with killing Java post-haste. I wince whenever I see the JVM fire up on any system because I know I'm about to be presented with some fugly, godawful half-assed POS that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Java has never lived up to its promises, and it remains an albatross around the neck of end-user experience. Kill it, so that something good and worthwhile can rise up and take its place!"
For most of the people that actually use Java applications, Java has lived up to the promises.
Mac users should migrate to a better supported platform
Here in Hungary, you need desktop Java for filling out the Forms for signed electronic forms for tax correspondance and such (ABEVJava). And businesses cannot send a lot of forms in paper, only in electronic form.
I guess that means bye-bye for Mac with a lot of people here.
Also, if you are an Azureus user (video torrents) you can forget you Mac too in the future.
This is just plain silly
Java is not going anywhere until there is a similar, industrial-strength, well supported cross-platform alternative to it. And the boatload of free or commercial libraries for it.
I don't see any of such a toolkit.
It is a big big VISTA
This is the biggest screwup I have ever seen!!!
No mounting as USB drive??? In 2010??? Access only through Zune?
If I wanted a complete lock-in, I would go to Apple. Their stuff at least looks good.
No memory card slot? WTF ???
And a fugly user interface. The ugliest, early Android versions looked better than this.
I just cant imagine what they thought.
Oracle is not only loosing talent
When these people leave Oracle, a lot of faith goes with them.
Success of open-source products is quite often simply based of faith and persistence. If your community looses faith in the product, they will simply migrate to an other open source product. Oracle doesn't understand how this works in this segment. They only understand enterprise behaviour.
I expect that a lot of smaller MySQL users/products will migrate to PostgreSQL and MySQl forks in the next 5 years.
Not only Mysqldump, PostgreSQL dump is also FAR superior to Oracle's exp/imp. I used exp/imp for years and I was quite surprised when I saw pgdump in action for the first time. I just couldn't imagine that a database export/import can actually be fast and efficient.
PostgreSQL is catching up with features (features that matters) to Oracle. The new streaming replication and warm standby features are specifically created for building large, high-availability clusters, typically found in enterprise and/or cloud environments.
Canonical is doing rigth (mostly)
Canonical is a huge boon to desktop Linux. I would say that without them, there would be no debate about Linux's market share at all.
Windows 7 GUI is not that much better than Gnome
I use Ubuntu Karmic for my main OS on my laptop, use XP at work and tested Windows 7 in order to know if it is worth upgrading to it.
Result: Not worth, Ubuntu and XP are just fine.
Yes, Windows 7 is more polished, but it is NOT MUCH more usable than a properly tweaked Ubuntu Gnome desktop or XP. And Linux is still evolving at a breakneck pace. Maybe not the UI specifically, but the distros like Ubuntu are getting better and more integrated with every release. And you get all of it free.
ANdroid is not a Linux??
This article is pure BS.
Most of the hottest phones now ship with Android in HUGE quantities by several vendors.
More precisely: Android LINUX.
I would really like to see some actual smartbook products. A lot of PR talk has been heard, now the products should speak for themselves.