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[3]: Business Computers
by phoenix on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Business Computers"
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I work for a University, and like any organization that deals with confidential data, having your employees being able to undock their computers and lose them on the bus will be an unmitigated disaster, look at all the laptops that are lost and stolen now.

No, the corporate world will stay with tradition desktops for the foreseeable future, because managing them may be hard, but it makes managing the data easier, and safer.


Actually, you just gave an example of the perfect use for "cloud computing" or vpns or remote desktop or "web app" or whatever term you want to use for "all data is stored on the server, not on the client".

Corporate/university laptops and desktops should not have local storage (or local storage only for the OS and the apps). Everything should be stored on the server. That way, if a desktop/laptop/palmtop/tablet/phone goes missing, nothing is lost but the hardware.

Granted, you also have to make sure that remote usernames and passwords are not stored on the local storage. ;)

It's really too bad that Microsoft makes it so hard to network boot Windows.

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