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Author:  David Marcel BAUM [ Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Portable live OS vs carrying around notebook

Hi folks,

I am wondering: If GNU/Linux is really this nice to build your own encrypted persistent USB Distribution to boot from every computer, why are still so many people carrying their personal notebook with them in order to access personal files/tools?

Wouldn't a great out-of-the-box distribution like UberStudent or Linux Mint (wireless drivers, video drivers, ...) perfectly replace the need to take your own PC? Nearly everywhere you go (your friend's house, family, office), there already is a PC ready for you to plug in your USB drive.

Besides the fact that a PC could require some drivers not provided by Linux or something, am I missing some real disadvantage of using a non-personal PC with your own portable system?

Author:  Damion Lunin [ Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Portable OS vs Notebook

David Marcel BAUM wrote:
If GNU/Linux is really this nice to build your own encrypted persistent USB Distribution to boot from every computer, why are still so many people carrying their personal notebook with them in order to access personal files/tools? Nearly everywhere you go (your friend's house, family, office), there already is a PC ready for you to plug in your USB drive.

There are too many places sans computer where people want to be able to use their computer: cafes, parks, buses, etc. ...And even places with public computers, such as libraries, have only a limited number of available computers; why wait in line for a public computer when you can simply whip out your notebook/laptop? Notebooks/laptops would only be obsoleted once visualization and input technologies for smartphones exceed those of laptops/notebooks.

Author:  David Marcel BAUM [ Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Portable OS vs Notebook

Damion Lunin wrote:
cafes, parks, buses, etc. ...And even places with public computers, such as libraries, have only a limited number of available computers

Yeah ok, I guess in public places this is true. But you kinda underline my point. Because, even if we're not living in a time where smartphones are 100% able to replace the tools we would have on notebooks, there is still a point to make that one could wait in line to get access to a public computer and if not pull out the smartphone for quick checking of a website or writing a mail...

Sure, there will always be a case where a notebook would still be the best solution for what you have got to do, but still, I am wondering why it is still the go-to solution to carry your 15" screen laptop with you instead of embracing the fact that there are alternatives.

Damion Lunin wrote:
Notebooks/laptops would only be obsoleted once visualization and input technologies for smartphones exceed those of laptops/notebooks

Oh, I really want this to be successful. Come on DeX, UBports!

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