Considering Technology for the Holidays

I thought I would take a little time to pass on some of my thoughts related to the tablet and smartphone war that is going on.

The big news seems to be the Kindle Fire that is being released for $199. I hope that everyone that buys one feels like they got what they wanted. I am quite sure I would not want one, even though I would like to play with one for a week or so.

Here are my thoughts on the Kindle Fire and smart phones and tablets in general.

First, the OS for the Kindle is based off the Android system, which is a Linux system customized by Google. Now one might think this is a good thing because Google is pushing Android. I have spent a lot of time over the last 10 years playing with the Linux system and Linux is a very good system, except for one thing. On the desktop, it still takes a little bit of a technician to get all the bells and whistles to work.

That is why I was happy when Google took it as its system of choice for smart phones and tablets. You see, there is not just one Linux. There is a Linux Kernel, which is standard and then there are distributions of Linux. A site called Distribution Watch, lists the 100 most downloaded distributions.  You will not see Android listed because Google is working a different business model and theirs is to distribute directly to hardware manufacturers. Continue reading