Linked by kloty on Tue 6th Apr 2010 21:22 UTC
Editorial A few years ago I wrote on OSNews several articles (1,2) about workstations. After three years I had to stop, because there were no workstations left on the market, they became legacy and were not sold any more. Now with the rise of mobile devices with touchscreen and wireless network connectivity virtually everywhere, the question becomes valid, what will happen with the desktop computers, are they still needed, or will they follow the workstations on their way to computer museums?
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Desktop stays
by twitterfire on Tue 6th Apr 2010 23:33 UTC
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

Nobody's going to take my desktop away from me. If necessary I'll buy a gun to defend it from desknappers, and they'll get it only over my dead body.

The desktop isn't going anywhere. You can't do anything serious on tablets, phones, pdas. Just play some silly games, browse the net (not as good as on desktops), watch some movies (a worse experience comparing to desktops) and write short mails. Oh, and keep groceries lists.

Currently the desktop is used for: content creation (programming, graphic design, CAD, writing, composing music), watching pirated movies at high enough resolutions and on large enough screens, playing quality games with quality details and nice FPS, hacking and cracking, streaming video and audio, webservers, and almost anything that someone can do on a computer.

A desktop can do all the things a phone or tablet can do, but much better. A phone or tablet can do only a small fraction of what a desktop can do and much worse.

And by the way, even if it's the only reason, we need desktops to write apps so "cool" people enjoy their phones and tablets.

I'll take as a personal insult any allusion that desktops will go en masse to the heaven of desktops to the a better place where they never rust.

Edited 2010-04-06 23:39 UTC

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