[LAU] Just got Android tablet for Christmas

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Thu Dec 18 15:25:02 UTC 2014

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Set Hallström <sakrecoer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you for your input, Paul.
> Tablets have (a) no keyboard (b) no concept of pointer motion without a
>> drag (c) no concept of hover (d) much less screen real estate (e)
>> multitouch (in some cases, at least). that is enough of a set of changes
>> that any desktop application which took advantage of some of the scale of a
>> desktop system will likely need to be reconceived fairly deeply.
> What you write makes perfect sense, i guess that would explains why this
> smartphone/tablet thing has been arround for so long and it still is so
> difficult to run alternative non-proprietary software on them...? Just like
> it took several years for GNU/Linux distros to lower themselves to my
> acutaly quite poor level.

In the case of Android, there is also the fact that Google chose to make
Java the runtime environment. It isn't impossible to build and run "native"
(i.e. non-Java) applications for Android, but the platform certainly isn't
on your side if you want to do this. This means that "simple" ports of
desktop applications (at least those not written in Java already) is not
necessarily trivial, and could actually be quite hard.
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