The UI of your latest TouchSmart computer says something about you. You may not have recognized your own weaving-in of meaning, but it comes across quite clearly if one reads just right: You want out. You want to escape the world of Windows to which Microsoft has sequestered you for the better part of two decades.
Ah, but you can. No longer does Bill Gates stand guard outside your cell. Ballmer is busy in the lavatory. It’s time to ditch Windows and build a Linux distro around the TouchSmart UI.
Let’s make this clear: You’re Hewlett-Packard. It’s 2008. Microsoft can’t touch you this time. You have a design team that’s capable, you have a hardware platform that’s maturing, and you can afford to hire the Linux expertise you’d need to pull this off.
Build in a TouchSmart word processor, diminutive in features but rich in usability. Add a few more core apps to the package to wean people off Windows; customize Firefox for optimal touch navigation. Keep your UI layer proprietary if you want, or go ahead and make the whole thing an open-source revolution that you get to be at the center of, selling the best computers for TouchSmart Linux.
Imagine, HP: you could be like Apple, with full control over your hardware and OS. Why keep grinding along to compete in the dreary Windows desktop market when you could create a new market of your own? Your captivity of innovation under Microsoft is over. You’re free.
Free to invent, as you might put it.
Decommissioned prison photo by CxOxS
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