I won't get excited about communication gadgets until gesture input devices are replaced by voice input that needs no device training, hand held gadgets replaced by worn devices and replaced on Google-like services replaced by validated content data access service providers.
All the components already exist. Lip reading is in use by DHS, headset visor camera/reticule devices by the US armed forces, voice input 4th gen automatic attendant apps routinely screen calls to banks and credit card companies. The average new "smart phone" has more memory, cpu and hardware than is needed for any of these functions. Combined with 4G or later wireless online/cloud services and apps, these functions can all be integrated to provide the capability that we've been expecting for the past 20 years.
The web-based internet has become a dead-end, with minuscule amounts of information of value buried under vast amounts of redundant, irrelevant and worthless dreck. With human time being the scare resource, search engine companies driven by ad revenue each year makes it harder and more expensive, not easier and economic, to locate the gold within the garbage.
If Linux wants to win the hearts and minds battle, what it needs to do, is jump past the dead end "i" boxes and provide a home-based personal smart search agent utilizing paid and public databases, in conjunction with a hands-free smart agent device.
Linux is better suited as a platform for such persona agents than and product from Microsoft or Apple can ever be, Those relatively small companies are not interested in the services provided to the end-user, but in the revenue they can derive by being necessary middle men by virtue of proprietary access channels - Windows and Apple OS on x86 hardware, and websites driven by proprietary versions of html and/or databases tailored to fit their capabilities. Immature alternative OSs like Android don't solve the problem of the ad-sponsored web server channel model - they only seek to drive internet traffic through a particular proprietary web service provider.
Linux can also provide scalable data services with access that isn't dependent on html- formatted web pages - the last barrier to direct access to data. Human beings' sensory systems aren't evolved or designed for page formatted, advance-predicted link-connected information, they are free form and dynamically variable. Static linked websites don't meet this need. A proprietary GUIs forces the user to think in terms of one company's world view, binding innovation to restricted evolution within that company's ability to visualize the future. Proprietary GUIs become devastating and enervating each time the proprietor changes their design - expending the users' time and energy with no guaranty that whatever new features or services will provide a value that justifies the replacement of hardware, software and skills, and no guarantees of security, reliability, or suitability for use.
Any discussions of hardware, apps or desktop simply indicates the way that users have been brainwashed into thinking within the limited paradigms that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs introduced decades ago. Faster, cheaper and smaller are irrelevant measures of quality of information access and usage.
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