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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My Input
by Jedd on Tue 6th Apr 2010 23:54 UTC
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I run a small business doing custom made machines, repair, web design, custom software, etc. I have had 10 of my clients over the past 2 years tell me that most of their computing needs have not changed but it seems that most laptops (not netbooks) are up to the task of their old desktop or workstation (and then some in some cases!. In all cases it seems true.

I have a personal friend (whom I've done work for as well) who told me just last month that his computing needs have dramatically changed over the years, and he is currently trying to decide on a machine out of 5 he's looking at.

I myself feel that the desktop/workstation is becoming legacy. I have moved 90% of my work to a laptop, and sometimes a netbook (which my daughter mostly uses, she's obsessed with things that are "mini" computers being no exception.

I infact took my desktop and installed Slackware Linux on it, and made it into my "everything server" at home: media, files, print, http, ftp, shell, etc., etc.

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