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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I don't think so
by KagiRai on Tue 6th Apr 2010 21:37 UTC
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In my opinion, or at least for me, I still prefer using a desktop over any portable devices, in fact I never thought about buying a laptop, as the desktop makes the work easier with a REAL keyboard and mouse and bigger monitor.

And of course Desktop will favorite machines for gamers, as the prices of gaming laptops are really insane, and the capability of upgrading / changing hardware on the desktop pc makes it the best choice.

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RE: I don't think so
by Lennie on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:00 in reply to "I don't think so"
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Games seems something the article missed, but people are using consoles more and more it seems. Especially things like the Wii because of it's 'accessories'.

So games isn't something which needs a desktop either.

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RE[2]: I don't think so
by puelocesar on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:28 in reply to "RE: I don't think so"
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Games on PC just suck. You have to buy the best hardware to play the games, and update it every year, otherwise you get choppy fps. It's a mess. Not to mention the horrible quality of PC games these days, like GTA 4 and Fallout 3, two awesome games that have so many bugs on the PC version that you get more angry then have fun with then.

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RE: I don't think so
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:13 in reply to "I don't think so"
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What he said. The only way you're going to take my desktop away from me is from my cold, dead hands. Mobile devices may be good for making phone calls and web browsing/media consumption while on the go, but for those of us who use computers to get real work done, the desktop still reigns supreme, and probably always will.

Edited 2010-04-06 22:14 UTC

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RE[2]: I don't think so
by ShadesFox on Wed 7th Apr 2010 03:54 in reply to "RE: I don't think so"
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How many people use computers to do real work? I've noticed that most people who have computers just mess around on facebook and play flash games. Given a few years they might not be buying a desktop. Then it will get harder for you to buy a desktop too.

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RE: I don't think so
by fretinator on Wed 7th Apr 2010 00:51 in reply to "I don't think so"
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I tried the desktop on the couch while watching TV, but the monitor kept falling off my knees. At school, they complained about me taking up too much space. I used a car battery to run it on the train, but people kept tripping over it.

But seriously, we are talking about your other computers. I have a quad-core desktop for gaming, but I use my laptops most. Everyone in the family has a laptop. The days of a single computer are gone.

In fact, even the laptop is often overkill. I use my Android phone to check my email all day long, keep up with Facebook, and listen to streaming music.

I think that is the point of the article.

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RE[2]: I don't think so
by Morgan on Wed 7th Apr 2010 03:03 in reply to "RE: I don't think so"
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Exactly! We have progressed more and more towards an ubiquitous, always-on, always on your person, permanent link to all the information that is important to you. This is the stuff of science fiction of just 20 years ago (Star Trek TNG) and I for one, love it! Fifteen years ago I got my first laptop computer as a high school graduation present, and even though in those days I had to tether to a phone jack to connect to CompuServe it was still so liberating not having to be at my desk. A few short years later we had mainstream WiFi, followed shortly by high speed cellular data and now, WiMAX.

As to desktops...sure, they'll still be around for the foreseeable future, though they too are getting smaller and more energy efficient every year. Soon the current generation Mac mini will seem large, slow and energy inefficient yet today it is the fastest and greenest desktop system you can get in its form factor. I do wonder if one day the laptop and all-in-one form factors will overtake the traditional box-and-monitor desktop scheme. As long as the hardware remains easy to work on and upgrade (are you listening, Apple?) it will be a welcome change in my book.

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