I think it's a kernel thing too. At least, Linus concedes it is, but argues that they can just rely on faster processors and more memory, which I think is a bad design philosophy. Even "small footprint" distros seem waaay too sluggish today.
Disagree. And I'm an apple hater. As obnoxious as it is, the strategy of steal-and-market will probably continue to sustain them as social climbers in the developing world look for prestige. So even when the beanie-and-Arcade Fire crowd runs out of trust fund money they will be replaced.
Exactly! All it does it take naturally talented people who could be doing something important and significant and turn them to doing something as boring as making money. Who needs space exploration and cancer research when you can get rich off making an Uber for dogsitting or the Nth Pandora clone.
I thought the Windows Phone had the best phone OS around. It was perfectly reliable and useful, and had a better interface than Android or iOS and better performance. The problem was just the apps weren't there.
Yep. I've been using Linux off and on for 20 years and these days I hardly even touch it, not just for the points you manage but also because the one thing Linux distros had over Windows was performance, and that's evaporated. Even the allegedly small footprint distributions are slower on every computer I've tried them on than Windows 10.
Aesthetics is a legitimate thing to have a preference on; I mean, let's be honest, that's the reason behind like 80% of Apple purchases. And obviously there are other features I like better about Android, particularly native filesystem access without having to install a kludgy app, and its integration with Google services.