who needs to compute anything anymore...
Is there an app for that?
Do you have a current favorite for encrypted online chat?
Telegram. It's open source, uses end to end encryption, and, unlike whatsapp, supports multiple connected clients at a time - including desktop clients for all platforms.
Of course you'll be hard pressed to find anyone on telegram expect my wife and I. Kids don't care about security, or source code.
You must also work in an area of the country that is either really ahead, or really behind. I'm Sr sysadmin for a medium sized company and I haven't encountered a single person - outside of a geologist or engineer that needs real power - who prefers a desktop to a laptop in many years.
In the last 5 years, all work being done has been focused on the consumer. Phones now have pedometers, FM radio chips, and IR transmitters, but we're no closer to having real business support. This extends way beyond reading your emails and spreadsheets. We need functionality like directory integration. Let me extend the policies of my directory with mobile-based ADMX policies. Give me a smart VPN service that's also configurable through policy. How about built in device management instead of having to rely on third party "crapps" that use some cloud storage bullshit and require me to pay
There's SO much work to be done with regards to mobile computing in business environments. All the sales people and psuedo-technical bloggers keep telling us that mobile is the future. If it is, at some point, someone's going to have to pay attention to business.
Let's rewind to 2007. RIM owns the mobile space for business, while consumer devices are primarily "dumb phones". In comes Apple, flush with iPod money, and looking for the next evolution of it's highly profitable device. The solution is simple: why carry an iPod and a phone? Thus, the iPhone is born.
In a single generation the iPhone brings massive innovation to the market. The device is targeted at Apple's primary demographic: the consumer, but the features are so beyond what is currently available that this type of smartphone doesn't take long to become a favorite in the business commnuity as well.
The large touch screen destroys the conventional track ball/pad, allowing the user to display more text, and use multi-touch to navigate more efficiently. The full webkit browser completely destroys the WAP-based dinosaurs giving the user a desktop grade browser at their finger tips. The user can carry all forms of media with them and display it at their whim. And, finally, and most importantly, the design of the operating system is centered around a robust API which doesn't take long to bloom into a wealth of independent applications that let the user do things they never before thought possible.
The response at RIM is unforunately short-sighted. RIM sees the device as a "toy". It sees it as a consumer-grade flash in the pan that will eventually collapse in the face of the established security and familiarity of their Enterprise Server platform, and BBM. RIM does opt to borrow some of the innovations - like the touch screen - and implement it their own, poorly advised ways but, ultimately, things at RIM continue as usual.
Now let's fast forward to 2013. The market has spoken. Blackberry market share is down to single digits and the company needs to do something quick to turn things around. They've been working for years on something that is supposed to change our lives and we're finally going to get to see it. What they unveil is astonishing: a consumer-targeted device.
The playing field in consumer-grade devices is now beyond saturated. We've had Google, Apple, and even Microsoft all battling each-other for the last 5 years. Innovation year-over-year is staggering. Why blackberry decided to try to compete in this market is baffling. What's worse, is they released an inferior product, on their own independent platform, that - of course - is going to gather no developer support in an already saturated market.
So here we are, 2014 and - still - no business-grade device in the mobile market. We have a dizzying amount of consumer-grade choice, but nothing properly designed with business in mind. In response I would like to say the following to the entire tech community involved in mobile device development:
We're here. We have money. We have a lot more money than all these teenage kids. Please, please, I want to spend it. Someone give me a business-grade mobile phone and tablet. Important things to me are: checking my email, security, centralized device management, and integration with existing business technologies. Reward: see Microsoft's stock price in the 90's.
If you want to do this on ios, you jailbreak , and make your device more functional, but arguably less secure if you don't know what you're doing, or you're some sort of chimp.
Talking about security used to mean how free from vulnerabilities and exploits a platform was. It would seem things have devolved into a conversation about which platform more readily allows the town dullard to shoot himself in the foot. It's a political conversation indeed.
Give Arch a try in a VM. I've yet to encounter a piece of software that hasn't had the source converted to a make package by someone in the AUR. Using the AUR is as simple as downloading the tarball, extracting, running makepkg, resolving dependencies, then pacman -S .
Oh, and don't use the base arch installer unless you have a lot of time on your hands. Go with something like ArchBang.
Regardless, I think many people wouldn't be happy if cm automatically included GApps, since the lack of that proprietary spyware is the main reason to use it.