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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Read the damn article...
by Soulbender on Sun 21st Aug 2011 00:56 UTC
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2005-08-18

...before making your inane comments.
What he is saying is perfectly rational. In case you've been living under a rock for the last few years most companies use more and more web-based applications, from helpdesk/support systems to basic office apps. There's no reason to think this will stop any time soon.
He's also not saying that everything will be using a remote cloud, he's saying many enterprises will run their own cloud infrastructure. So you will NOT be giving out your company secrets to a 3rd party and it will NOT rely on the "internet" to work.
VDI fit well into this since it's not unreasonable to expect that not every user in a company will need a full-fledged PC desktop to do their job. Those who do will use VDI, those who don't might use a web-based workstation.
Finally, he's not talking about home users or gamers.
Of course, this might not happen but it's not like he's talking out of his ass.

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RE: Read the damn article...
by segedunum on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 11:16 in reply to "Read the damn article..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

You still need a desktop with hardware support and APIs that underpins that.

It's typical of that whole crap around the virtualisation hype when people were saying you don't need operating systems any more. Errrrr, a hypervisor needs hardware support.

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RE[2]: Read the damn article...
by bouhko on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 11:36 in reply to "RE: Read the damn article..."
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2010-06-24

He's actually talking about growing maintenance cost on fat desktop. Fat application have a higher maintenance cost because you've got the whole release/update process that's made much easier with web apps.

But sure, you'll still need a "desktop" computer with a web browser to connect to these apps, it's just that instead of using firefox/thunderbird/openoffice/your file browser, most users will use an all-in-one cloud offering (like Google gmail/docs/calendar).
This actually make a LOT of sense for most non-technical entreprise users that usually just use an office suite and some internal apps (that are more and more web-based).

But you'll still need fat client for most resources-heavy apps : programming, cao, photoshop, etc...

I mean it's kind of the same thing as with the commandline interface. In the 80s, it was the only interface everybody used. Now, for 99% of users, it has been replaced with a GUI, but it's still useful for the techies.

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