Linked by David Adams on Sat 20th Aug 2011 15:38 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Editorial In five years, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees the traditional desktop becoming obsolete.
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Whats happening now is a like what happened to the Command Line Interface and UNIX when Windows came out.

At first the core PC users preferred the CLI over the GUI because it was inferior in performance. This changed quickly as many new users crowded them out and the complaints about GUIs performance lessened.

In the server Unix dominated but many companies wanted to have access to the booming library of graphical application on Windows 3.0. Solutions like WABI and SoftPC were created to give Unix customers access to that library. But this also created a environment Windows NT could do well in since server apps were now using Windows APIs. This was helped by the familiarity customers on lower-end PCs had with Windows. Also, by Microsoft ending their WISE program which many solutions relied on.

In the end the CLI became largely irrelevant while the low end PC sector was able to effect the high-end server sector.

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