Linux Desktop vs. The Rise of Tablet Computers and Smartphones

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Ever since Steve Jobs announced the ‘revolutionary’ new iPad, the computing world has seen many important changes. First of all, the iPad surpassed the Linux userbase in just one year since its release. As unbelievable as it sounds, Linux users are neither happy nor surprised. The fact remains that despite the community’s best efforts, Linux’s reception still remains poor. And, even though we’ve covered before most of the problems the Linux desktop is facing right now, there is another issue we haven’t really touched upon. That is, the competition Linux has been getting from smartphones and tablets.

There of course, is no problem with competition. However, with the rise in the consumption of smartphones and tablet computers, the importance of desktop is slowly waning. Linux on the other hand, is just starting out on its quest for world domination. Will Linux be able to match these new and ‘viral’ trends in technology? Or, will it go down as an operating system that was never meant for normal users? If you ask me, I think Linux has a fair chance of beating the hell out of these tablets and smartphones.

Here’s my side of the argument: