While I cannot answer on the feasibility part (in terms of security
feasibility), I do however think it's a really good idea.
Devices are getting smaller, touchscreens are right now spreading year by
year at a faster and faster phase. We are seeing small raders, lasers and
cameras which tracks hand or body movements. Google glasses and similar
technology had a fallback as the tech wasn't ripe in society yet (privacy
concerns, lacking apps, too weak at the time, etc.), however it will most
likely soon be back.
I just want to ask the question, what will happen when our phones are
strong enough to effortlessly run any workstation or any job a desktop
computer can do, and combined with the technology mentioned above, and the
Linux world is behind?
To me, it looks like Linux (and Qubes for that matter) will be heavily
disrupted in the near future, if we do not take these emerging technologies
seriously. Qubes might still have its security strengths to rely on, but in
the face of awesome new convenient technologies like these, that will be
the only thing keeping it alive.
We need proper touch, VR and graphics support in Qubes (and Linux in
general for that matter). It may not be important right now, but it will be
in the near future. It's a long-term investment (in time and coding) to
build the infrastructure of tomorrow. We might risk having the ground
shaken under us as these new disruptive technologies will kill off laptops
and tablets (and desktops for that matter).
Think of it like how Apple disrupted all the traditional mobile phones, and
how naive everyone were back then. Try google them up, how arrogant these
people were mocking Apple's first iPhone. Yet the very same people who
mocked them, came to fail tremendously because of Apple's disruption. I'm
no Apple fan-boy btw, I stay clear of Apple devices, however it's a nice
example. Another similar example is Kodak and the digital kamera,
ironically Kodak invented the digital camera, but didn't believe in the
technology and shelved it. Then they were disrupted by the very technology
they created by other companies.
The visionaries will always win the game, because they are always several
steps ahead of everyone else. Linux (Qubes) need to pick up our game, or
yeah, it's gonna be some tough years just trying to catch up.
Perhaps I see the coming years wrong, but the way I see it stands right
now, we definitely lack development in this area. The year of the Linux
never comes, because we always, always play the catch up game rather than
taking any leading positions. Where is our visions?
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