Virtually all the entertainment systems on airplanes today run linux.
Its a Debian based business Server with an ldap directory backend. It spans multiple servers and roles. It seamlessly integrates samba4, so windows hosts are also happy with it.
It comes with a UCC (Univention Coorporate Client) which you can install via network boot. (just a few clicks.) Its KDE Based, lean and makes a lot of sense. Of course you can also hookup ubuntu.
I have done large installations 2500+ Users as well as 15 users shops with it.
I always bought the tablet series of the X thinkpad. I own a x60t an x61t and now a x220t.
I recently compared the x201t to the x220t. Its a serious backstep.
It lacks quite a few leds on the bottom screen. It has a huge think frame around the screen. The frame is also very thick around the keyboard. The keyboard layout was changed. The Touchpad now was to be curbesmly pressed to generate a keypress, no longer dedicated buttons. The keyboard also has been changed to something less klicky.
The cablelayout outside is a mess. Especially that the power cable has moved to the back, and the ethernet to the right, where formerly everything was on the left.
I also miss the screen locking mechanism of the old series, a solid latch. Instead i now have rubber pads that constantly go missing.
The plus side is an ips panel and multitouch screen, decent speakers.
I will see if lenovo is buyable in the future....
(Disclaimer: I'm no fan of M$)
First of all: It wouldn' t be the first market that they rolled up from 0% marketshare: see the whole xbox stuff. They have the money reserve to fight a long uphill battle.
If you look at the big picture things start to make sense in their strategy: Basically they want to bundle everything. It doesn't matter where you enter your data (pc|phone|tablet) it will be synchorinzed with skydrive. Your dashboard will look the same regadless of what device you have. Some of the applications will be on all your devices.
They even add all the xbox stuff so you buy your game on your phone and will arrive home to find the game on your xbox.
As for nokia? well they will be on the lifeline until windows 8 is out..
Lets see what kind of marketadoption this will get.
Windows 8 is mainly a feature redux. But this will lead to it that many people who shy away from complex things will buy such a phone.
Switches offer tactile feedback, both that it was pressed and what position it is in. You can find it blindly after some practice.
Touch-screens try to augment this (badly) with vibration, visual or audible cues. This is fine on a phone. In the car the audible works good. But you never know whether you have pressed the right thing.
Also touch screens are fine as long as you are on a smooth road.. but as soon as it gets rough you will have difficulty to operate them.
In Airplanes its even worse. I fly gliders as a hobby.. in the mountains the acceleration forces are so great that you can't even reach the dash properly. Even less hit a certain spot on a flat surface touchscreen. It requires a lot more attention and concentration than "just hitting a switch".
It also helped the jews survive. The Nazis simply did a sort on the list with jewish bank accounts and their ammounts. They just killed and targeted everyone starting from the top. Appropriating the money themselves in the process.
Which was one of the reasons why the swiss adopted bank secrecy laws in 1935.
(I don't work for them, nor am i their customer)
They have set up all the payphones and highly frequented places with wifi. Their mobile subscriptions offer a transparent authentication process for these hotspots. So if you have a mobile phone from then then it will automatically join these hotspots if you are close.