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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Legacy?
by NiceGuyEddie on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:07 UTC
NiceGuyEddie
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2006-03-22

I always thought of it as the PC desktop merging into and absorbing the workstation arena (rather than the latter market disappearing). Your definitions of a workstation (from a previous article) seems to support this view as well.

"It's a mini-computer for a single user, with a processor, which can also be used for servers, with several gigabytes of memory, big storage, OpenGL-capable graphics system and UNIX or UNIX-like OS"

You only rejected Windows because of its (then) lack of 64-bit support.

I'm not quite sure home the iPad will merge into and absorb the desktop PC.

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RE: Legacy?
by r_a_trip on Wed 7th Apr 2010 09:54 in reply to "Legacy?"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

"It's a mini-computer for a single user, with a processor, which can also be used for servers, with several gigabytes of memory, big storage, OpenGL-capable graphics system and UNIX or UNIX-like OS."

If this is the definition of a Workstation, I don't have a Desktop computer. AMD Phenom Quad-Core (ok, ok it's not an Opteron ;) ), 6 GB RAM, 1.5 TB harddrive space, Radeon 3200 Graphics and Debian Testing.

This rig was cheap. I didn't want to spend too much, but wanted something I could use several years. The box didn't cost more than EUR 500.

Maybe the question should be if the Desktop still exists? To me it looks like Workstation material seeped down into Desktop territory.

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