[LAU] Just got Android tablet for Christmas

Will Godfrey willgodfrey at musically.me.uk
Thu Dec 18 17:30:38 UTC 2014

On Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:25:02 -0500
Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:

> 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.

I recently acquired a Sony Xperia tablet (apparently running jellybean) and so
far I've yet to find *anything* I can use it for :(

Will J Godfrey
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