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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RE[3]: Read the damn article...
by Yamin on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 14:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Read the damn article..."
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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.

This is not entirely true. It depends on the application. I would suggest that a number of 'custom' and utility applications can be easier to build and maintain than a web app.

If you're building a webapp, you deal with web server issues, scaling issues, permission issues, IT Network, web client restrictions... that you just don't deal with with a local install.

Not a majority ;) , but a fair number... and as long as a few of those exist, you'll still want to have a desktop like environment to run them.

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