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Less space than a Nomad.
A Sega Nomad with an EverDrive-MD adapter has 2 GB. Among iPod products, only the first-generation iPod nano and the first- and second-generation iPod shuffle have less space.
Economy of scale. Population density in agricultural areas means your cost per port is huge.
That's why cities should embrace urban horticulture, such as square foot gardens, rooftop gardens, Topsy Turvy strawberry and tomato planters, and the like. One problem is zoning; another is that due to the war on some drugs, authorities tend to assume that this sort of smaller-scale horticulture involves a certain prohibited psychoactive plant. "If we let you grow tomatoes, we'll have to let your neighbor grow marijuana." In addition, there'd have to be some way to reduce demand for meat because growing animals takes even more sparsely populated land. But in any case, bringing more food production capacity within range of wired broadband would reduce the need for living in areas affected by harsh usage caps.
So tell me again how an application suite solves the issue of kernel level multi-tasking support?
That and video hardware support issues were the only kernel-level issues I found when I summarized the article. The vast majority of mentioned points could fit into a new desktop environment targeted at creative professionals.
And no OS I know of implements the needed algorithms for serious color management.
How much of that is because "the needed algorithms for serious color management" were invented less than 20 years ago, and the patent holders price a license too high for an operating system intended to cover both home users and professional graphic artists?
An OS's primary goal should be to manage the hardware
The screen is hardware. A window manager application divides it into areas for applications. The disk drive is hardware. A file system divides it into areas for documents, and a file manager application allows arranging and locating these documents. The "OS" of the article refers not to the kernel as much as to window manager and file manager applications and system-wide libraries that support audiovisual creative use cases.
or assuming that your OS vendor will be always accurate and always timely for every little subcommunity's oddball file format of choice.
That's why MPEG documents its file formats thoroughly, even if MPEG-LA ends up paywalling the right to actually use them.
[Multi-window multitasking is] not really a market segment it is a use case.
Every use case, such as multi-window multitasking, has a corresponding market segment of people who regularly use it. Page 4 of an Ars Technica article about OS features useful to the market segment of creative professionals (discussion) mentions multi-window multitasking features, and page 5 decries Microsoft's focus on retooling its OS for "consumption" (passive viewing of works created by others) of one thing at a time.
Of course, KDE isn't an operating system.
That depends on how you define "operating system". I'm aware that some define OS as kernel, but I was under the impression that KDE on Linux felt like KDE on FreeBSD. I read the article, and only a few items related to video drivers or multitasking performance would need direct support from a kernel.
You mean the ~$50 it costs to buy a used phone off craigslist and use it as a portable computing device with no phone service
I own such a portable computing device: an Archos 43 Internet Tablet. But I thought one needed cellular data service in order to have a data connection with which to act on the information in the scanned QR code. Or is there a procedure that allows scanning the QR code, waiting several minutes to an hour to find a Wi-Fi connection, and then acting on the scan?
They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.