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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Desktop vs Workstation
by Sodki on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:31 UTC
Sodki
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2005-11-10

What is the difference between a Workstation and a Desktop, really?

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RE: Desktop vs Workstation
by sergio on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:43 in reply to "Desktop vs Workstation"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

In the past, workstations were mini-computers (midrange hardware, usually RISC) and Desktops micro-computers (PCs).

Today they're all the same.

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RE: Desktop vs Workstation
by Delgarde on Tue 6th Apr 2010 22:52 in reply to "Desktop vs Workstation"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

What is the difference between a Workstation and a Desktop, really?


I think that the two terms come from different backgrounds. 'Desktop' being from a PC background, contrasting with 'Laptop' or 'Notebook'. And 'Workstation' being from the world of Unix (and predecessors), contrasting with thin terminals or servers.

These days, the implication is that a workstation is a serious, powerful machine - high spec, big screen (or screens), etc. Contrasted with the kind of machine used by normal people - call center workers, secretaries, etc.

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RE[2]: Desktop vs Workstation
by steogede2 on Wed 7th Apr 2010 02:25 in reply to "RE: Desktop vs Workstation"
steogede2 Member since:
2007-08-17

UNIX would probably have been a key differentiator, as would price. In the hay day of SGI etc., a workstation may have cost 5 to 50 times as much as PC.

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RE: Desktop vs Workstation
by cb88 on Wed 7th Apr 2010 15:25 in reply to "Desktop vs Workstation"
cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

A workstation costs 15k :-)

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RE: Desktop vs Workstation
by Carewolf on Fri 9th Apr 2010 10:11 in reply to "Desktop vs Workstation"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Desktops is for home use, secretaries and sales people. Workstations are for people who actually use and need a powerful computer.

So:
Desktop: for playing minesweeper and surfing facebook
Workstation: for working

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