bimsebasse wrote:If a major mainstream breakthrough happens it won't be with either Mint or Ubuntu, it will be ChromeOS or Android desktopified, there can be no doubt about that.
I suspect you may be right. 90% of what most people do and need are through a web browser. Huge underlying operating systems, tons of hard drive space, I suspect will be a diminishing presence in the future.
I think what helps Linux is that the excuses for not using it are also diminishing. If all you really need is a browser and access to the web--why not use Linux? What need is there for Windows? I would be really worried if I had MS stock right now.
Apple is going to do just fine because they have a locked down system with many fans and it works across various devices. Also they have lots of content, and as you see with Amazon and their tablet success--people want content.
Regarding Mint, I think it's a mistake if they don't focus more on their Debian editions and reconsider the base Debian system and the way updates are handled. Debian editions are free of the Ubuntu bloat, run on low spec hardware, and if Mint ever gets into Tablets it will likely be via Debian (LMDE). I'm most impressed with the Mint Maya Xfce edition right now. It is the lightest Mint Ubuntu based version, and yet has 5 years LTS support that even Xubuntu 12.04 doesn't have. I have big concerns about Gnome, and wonder what Mint might have done if they just focused on an Xfce Ubuntu-based edition, and put more resources into LMDE. Imagine using a LMDE Xfce tweaked version on Tablets. I think if they could keep Gnome from breaking Cinnamon, and get it running faster with more features, a Cinnamon LMDE would look good on a tablet.