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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Microsoft and Google kill US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 - One Love Kickstarter Project for Developers and Hardware Modders to Breathe life into The Art of the Steal

Remember the Dual-OS US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 slated to launch at the end of March 2014 as I’d reported in my blog article entitled “US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 to launch at the end of March 2014 - Dual-OS Tablet Hybrid is the Muppets Most Wanted that gives the Best of Both Worlds, Hannah Montana Style”?

Well Neither Google or Microsoft like it and are refusing to give support to any software applications that run on these machines as stated in “Asustek's Dual-OS Devices Hit a Wall”, published March 14, 2014 12:43 p.m. ET By EVA DOU And DON CLARK CONNECT, The Wall Street Journal.

That looks like a non-starter by the end of  March 2014 as apparently neither Google or Microsoft can see eye-to-eye as there is much bad blood between them as reported in “Asus Duet’s marriage between Google and Microsoft on the rocks”, published March 14, 2014 By Mike Epstein, Digitaltrends and “Dual-OS Asus devices put on indefinite hold, says report”, published March 14, 2014 7:43 AM PDT by Don Reisinger, CNET News.

The Live Dual-OS Dream is dead - Opportunity for a Kickstarter Project called One Love

So I guess my dream of a Dual-OS pairing between Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Google Chrome on Chromebooks isn’t going to be hugely popular either as stated in “Forget dual-booting Android PCs, give us Chromebook-Windows hybrids”, published Mar 14, 2014 11:32 AM by Brad Chacos, PCWorld.

Worse, the US$1130 Asus Transformer AIO, a Tablet/Desktop Hybrid that already runs Android and Windows 8.1 as described in “Asus Transformer AIO review: The all-in-one/tablet hybrid that's hard not to like”, published 3/06/13, CNET Reviews is also set to get the kibosh for the same reason, despite Desktops form factor being unpopular!


Everyone would love a Live Dual-OS matchup with Chrome OS and Microsoft Windows 8.1 or even the previous matchup between Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8.1. Too bad the OS makers aren’t too happy about this; competitive forces mean that there is no love for any kind of union, even if the Enterprise and Corporate wants it.

In that light, I’m proposing a unique idea for a Kickstarter Project. The idea would be for a company design and build a custom Software and hardware package that would enable ANY 2 OS to run simultaneously on the same computer, smartphone or Tablet.

Not only would you get the same Kickstarter discount for being a supporter, but they’d make money via providing support for the computers that they build with this feature. For good measure, call it the One Love Project to point out that what Linux is all about. 


An easy hack for a Kickstarter Project; the Bootloader that would manage the running and allocation of resources among the various OS running simultaneously would possibly be based on VMware Player and Oracle VM VirtualBox as explained in “Installing Windows and Linux On the Same Computer”, published Apr 12, 2012 7:47 AM By Lincoln Spector, PCWorld.

Microsoft and Google aren’t gonna kiss and make up anytime soon.  It’s time the Online Community of Developers and Hardware Modders unite to Breathe life into this idea in The Art of the Steal (2014).
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