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On 10/30/2010 09:31 AM, David Nelson wrote:

IMHO, it would be important to be able to also field LibO on tablets and other mobile appliances.


But, I don't see current implementations of tablets and other mobile
 appliances totally replacing desktops and laptops in the near term.

How far away is "the near term".

There's a lot of work that is better done on a conventionally-sized keyboard and display (I'm 
sure enterprise users would agree).

Most _real_  work in the enterprise is either looking up data, or
entering data.  Creating pretty pictures, and writing pretty pictures is
not real work.

For data entry, a seven inch screen with a keypad is adequate.
For data lookup, a seven inch screen is also adequate.
Granted, i am assuming that the database, and UI is designed logically
with both i18n and a11y in mind. (Something that most software manages
to fail at.)

As for the idea of going cloud-based? 

Do I really need to explain why being able to setup and run your local
FLOSS cloud is a required next step?

Huge development effort: the resemblances in the code base between a
desktop-based application and a server-based app must be very limited.
Only the user interface might look visually similar.

The code difference isn't that much bigger than between two platforms
that have different chip architectures and different bit sizes. Intell
486 v PowerPC chip, for example.

Nor can one ignore that  Google, Zoho and Microsoft have a big headstart.

Unless I've missed something, their offerings are closed source products
that can not be locally installed.

I'm not at the mercy of network factors or the whims of *any* organization.

However, there's obviously a big potential to use Web-based community dictionaries, translation 
engines, templates, bibliographical
 services, online storage services, and other stuff we haven't even
thought of yet...

There is a slight contradiction between those two statements.

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