Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

Why I Love The iPad, Even Though I Don't

Hanging with other Linux coders, naturally, lots of pot shots being taken at the Apple iPad.  Not just that you can't run Linux on it, but also things like how, thanks to Apple's app store automatically DRM'ing everything, there is no FOSS frontier on the iPad at all.

Leave it to one of the other coders to put it in perspective.  I'm paraphrasing, but here is what he said....

"Okay, so you have no use for the iPad.  I don't either.  None of us do.  But it's not meant for us.  The iPad is intended for people who aren't as into computers as we are.  You know...the ones who call you to fix their Windoze machines as a favor because they clicked on the wrong web page."

...

...

...so, if my sister gets one of these instead of a Win machine, I won't have to provide free customer service that takes almost five hours per incident because she has no computer survival instincts or spend an hour trying to connect a printer to her computer....

HOORAY FOR THE iPAD!  MAY IT SELL GANGBUSTERS!  WHO CAN I GIVE ONE TO?
Tags: computers, drm, foss, haven't we suffered enough, important life lessons, linux, open source
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