Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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RE: Desktop Forever...
by WereCatf on Wed 13th Jun 2012 23:39 UTC in reply to "Desktop Forever..."
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I'll take the power and flexibility of a desktop machine any day over the multimedia and Web toys they pass off as tablet computers and cell phones these days. Sure, they're both nice for certain things, but not near as much as a general-purpose desktop (or even a decent laptop) system.


Cellphones or tablets aren't even meant to replace desktops and no one is telling you to do so, so I don't quite get why you're telling us this.

As an aside: a cellphone or a tablet *could* replace a desktop or a laptop for many people if there were any actually good docks for them and the device could run full-fledged desktop software when docked. They do not have the processing power to handle video editing or such, but they have more than enough for running various IDEs, photo editors alá GIMP, word processors, etc. etc. Ie. most of the stuff non-IT people need at home and at work. The plus side would be obviously the fact that you'd always have your files with you; no copying back and forth ever again.

I have thought about it quite a lot and I know more-or-less fully what and how I'd want in such a device to be implemented and thus I've sometimes entertained the thought that if I lived in the US I'd set up a Kickstarter - project. All the currently-manufactured big-name efforts fall short and are hampered by proprietary connectors, proprietary software, proprietary mechanisms for exchanging data and proprietary, poorly-designed docks.

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