Linked by Kris Shaffer on Thu 24th Mar 2005 19:07 UTC
Editorial Wishful thinking? Yes, but let's consider the possibilities. The last couple years have seen significant advances in hardware production and design. One of the more interesting (and potentially revolutionary) developments to take place this past year is the announcement of a new CPU, the STI (Sony, Toshiba, IBM) Cell processor.
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by Anonymous on Sun 27th Mar 2005 11:35 UTC

The author thinks that the Cell processor is revolutionary on the desktop markets. I really wouldn't say so. Even if the desktop markets are going to advance in a rapid pace in the next few years, I highly doubt that the Cell has anything to do with it. And anyway the technology Cell offers will be old in a couple of years. It's utopistic to think that the Cell could compete with Intel on the processor markets or against x86. Also porting all to the Cell seems like a stupid task. I don't see the advantages that would bring.
I think if Google put up with an OS, it wouldn't be thin client. It would just be a masked Linux with basic tools and links to browser-based apps like gmail.
I think that we are a bit far away from desktops hosted somewhere else than our own hard disks. Though someone should give a good thinking how this could help the current situation of the 3rd world. Maybe 486-based thin clients could rapidly increase the development of low-tech countries.

I wouldn't say that the author is totally away from his tracks, except on the Cell and Google. 5/10