Today a new line-up of Surface products was announced. Why are we bringing this up on a Linux forum? Well, the Surface line has taken the place of Apple products with sexiness and innovation so it’s attracted a lot of people to Microsoft hardware.
Up to this point, you can take the Surface tablets and laptops and convert them to Linux and make them even more productive machines. However, with their latest innovations and their latest Surface Phone just announced - they utilize dual screens, folding screens, and extra sub screens on keyboards for extra functionality. I started realizing that Linux distros and FOSS apps today are not built to function in those environments. So the latest
If history is a lesson, Dell, Lenovo, and others will likely start copying these form factors of screens on keyboards and multi-tasking tablets with peripherals that snap on with drivers built into the OS to change form factors on the fly. To be clear, the difference between these devices is the fact that the hardware and software integration are so heavily reliant with one-another, therefore, installing a secondary OS or even duplicating productivity via apps not specifically designed around the form factor becomes difficult to replicate.
It was the question on my mind as I watched the reveal today. Curious what others think.