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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Gaming
by sagum on Sat 20th Aug 2011 21:34 UTC
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2006-01-23

Until they kill off gaming on the desktop there is little chance of the desktop market going away.

World of warcraft is just 1 game and it has, in its own right, more then 12million active subscribers. That one game has more then 50% of the subscriber base then all the Xbox live subscriber accounts.

There is no getting around it, gamers and hardware go hand in hand and with expensive fast hardware a gimicky X based OS without games just isn't going to cut it.

For the vast majority of desktop app use, a old PC that is several years old can handle it, the rest who need bigger apps such as after effects/photoshop etc will use faster/more up to date hardware and .. yeah you get the idea.

While X might work in a terminal service with throw backs to dumb terminals, its not something non-tech aware managers or even semi-tech aware managers will beable to grasp the concept of having a very powerful server over the network using a machine the size of a dvd case and still get work done.

Edited 2011-08-20 21:36 UTC

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RE: Gaming
by senshikaze on Sat 20th Aug 2011 22:47 in reply to "Gaming"
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2011-03-08

wait, gamers are why an "X" based Os won't take off, but a business manager won't understand why "X" is good? What mythical gamer manager thinking about terminals and AAA title games are you talking about? I seriously want to work for that company.

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RE[2]: Gaming
by Darkmage on Sat 20th Aug 2011 22:54 in reply to "RE: Gaming"
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2006-10-20

The desktop isn't going to go anywhere. People who don't need a desktop won't have one, but the majority of people will still need a desktop computer. Content creation won't ever be good enough in a browser.

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RE: Gaming
by Radio on Sat 20th Aug 2011 23:13 in reply to "Gaming"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Gaming is not a good example:
http://www.onlive.com/
http://www.gaikai.com/

In fact, it is one domain where I would embrace the cloud, as it is a non-vital activity, often consumed online, that I would like synchronized and accessible on all my devices - which, given the complexity of drivers and hardware conigurations, would be better served by a server farm.

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RE: Gaming
by shotsman on Sun 21st Aug 2011 06:02 in reply to "Gaming"
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2005-07-22

12 million subscribers to WOW is a mere drop in the ocean when compared to the 1billion+ other users out there?
IMHO, and in general I think that PC gaming with things like WOW is an evolutionary dead end. The likes of MS etc want you to be playing on a console.

Don't you think that WOW won't be available on a Tablet device by the time the RH Guys prediction comes true (or WOW becomes obsolete and there is another top game to play)?

Just because 'at the moment I can't see this' does not mean that in time, it won't come true.

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RE[2]: Gaming
by WereCatf on Sun 21st Aug 2011 06:33 in reply to "RE: Gaming"
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2006-02-15

The likes of MS etc want you to be playing on a console.


Of course they want that, that way they'd have a steady stream of income of gamers. But the fact that not everyone likes to play on a damn console still doesn't go away and thus console gaming has not and will not push PC gaming out of the picture completely.

Don't you think that WOW won't be available on a Tablet device by the time the RH Guys prediction comes true (or WOW becomes obsolete and there is another top game to play)?


Sure, WoW or something similar will probably be available on the tablets then. But the then-current top MMO will not run on tablets, so again the point is moot.

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