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... desktops are already dead!
by sergio on Tue 6th Apr 2010 23:12 UTC in reply to "Comment by ssa2204"
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

Home desktops were replaced by notebooks 5 years ago! It's not an opinion or futurology, sales charts say it all... It's a 2:1 ratio (or bigger).

And notebooks will be slowly replaced by a combination of iPads, cell phones, HDTVs and so on. When you need a big display, you connect your iPad/cellPhone/whatever to your HDTV and that's all (maybe wirelessly).

About "big local hard disk" for storage... I think they will be replaced by centralized home NAS servers, a lot of routers have that already.

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Cromat Member since:
2009-12-15

I am a developer, I will never give up my desktop with 3 monitors, working on a laptop with at most one extra monitor is not enough anymore!

Further more I don't buy into this corporate bs that we need devices like the iPad or iPhone, these apps are only for entertaining, do people like to accomplish anything anymore, or are we so consumed with shiny entertainment devices that we forget how these devices and the software are created....On real workstations.

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sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm a developer too and I use powerful desktops all the time (PowerMac G5 and iMac)... but c'mon We aren't average computer users.

Desktops are unnecessary for 99% of the population... and that number tends to 100% faster than ever.

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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

No, sales charts say that people are buying more mobile devices. We're buying mobile devices that can somewhat compete with the desktop PCs because we don't have them already. Meanwhile, most people who have uses for desktops got them. Broadband getting more common is getting people to buy desktop PCs who haven't before, but not at any great rate. The desktop is pretty much at saturation level.

I don't know anyone who has a notebook replacing their desktop, and statistics haven't shown that to be wrong. Fitting with the statistics, I know tons of people who have been getting notebooks and smartphones, in addition to their desktop computers, or in lieu of them for specific cases (like going to college and living in a dorm, where space is a premium).

The desktop will die, and be fully replaced by other things, but we are still a good ways away from it.

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