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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Legacy Desktops, Modern Appliances
by runjorel on Tue 6th Apr 2010 23:55 UTC
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While I still am not convinced with iPad, I see a lot of my friends and family who do not have an in-depth knowledge of technology loving the iPad. They don't care that they could have a tablet/slate PC with a full blown OS and/or USB ports, etc that could accomplish more than the iPad. They just care about the *simplicity* of surfing the internet, reading books, etc.

So, I think the general trend is moving away from large desktops/workstations and moving more towards tech appliances. I think the power users will always use both desktops and tech appliances, but I feel that the regular end-users will tend to use tech appliances for the majority of their computing work.

Now that data can reside in the cloud and Internet apps gain in popularity every day, a plain vanilla desktop has become a power house utility.

It seems funny to me that technology, *in essence*, is repeating history. We went from Mainframe/thin clients to monolithic machines, and now we are going back to server/thin client architectures. We also went from having separate appliances (typewriters, word processors, calculators) to amassing all those tools into one machine (desktop), only now to start separating our devices again (Desktop, Laptop, Netbook/Slate/Tablet, MP3 Player, Phone, and/or any combination etc.)

I know it's not a perfect example, but I remember when we got our first desktop it was as if ANYTHING could be accomplished on our desktop. But now, I want to access email on my phone and my computer. Sure I could load up a PDF on my computer and read it, but I'd rather read it on a portable ebook reader, etc.

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