Linked by David Adams on Sat 20th Aug 2011 15:38 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Editorial In five years, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees the traditional desktop becoming obsolete.
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RE[2]: Read the damn article...
by bouhko on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 11:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Read the damn article..."
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He's actually talking about growing maintenance cost on fat desktop. Fat application have a higher maintenance cost because you've got the whole release/update process that's made much easier with web apps.

But sure, you'll still need a "desktop" computer with a web browser to connect to these apps, it's just that instead of using firefox/thunderbird/openoffice/your file browser, most users will use an all-in-one cloud offering (like Google gmail/docs/calendar).
This actually make a LOT of sense for most non-technical entreprise users that usually just use an office suite and some internal apps (that are more and more web-based).

But you'll still need fat client for most resources-heavy apps : programming, cao, photoshop, etc...

I mean it's kind of the same thing as with the commandline interface. In the 80s, it was the only interface everybody used. Now, for 99% of users, it has been replaced with a GUI, but it's still useful for the techies.

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