I still want a Firefox OS tablet with stylus, like a Surface or iPad Pro, running a Firefox-powered Chrome OS with optional developer mode to run VS Code and related Web dev tools.

I love what Purism is doing with its Librem phone, but I do not believe native Linux apps are a viable strategy. If Microsoft could not convince major app makers to support Windows Phone with its incredible UWP developer experience, I do not have hope for native Linux apps.

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You might say, “I don’t need official apps. Those services have public APIs and I can build a Linux client.” Except for Twitter, I haven’t used a third-party app better than the official app. And many companies—like Fitbit—explicitly prohibit recreation of primary experiences.

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The only pragmatic option for any hopeful contender challenging the Android—iOS duopoly is to bet on the Web.

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