Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by Nooone
Linux So, it's no secret that the Linux desktop - at least, the GNOME-side of things - is a bit in a state of disarray. Unity hasn't exactly gone down well with a lot of people, and GNOME 3, too, hasn't been met with universal praise. So, what to do? Linux Mint, currently one of the most popular Linux distributions out there, thinks they are on to the solution with their latest release, Linux Mint 12.
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The desktop is dead
by Lousewort on Mon 28th Nov 2011 09:57 UTC
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Have you heard? The desktop is dead; tablets are in, and its all metro style apps from now on!

To those who dare to disagree, we will prove it to you. We will remove your options for traditional desktops. Nor KDE nor Gnome nor Win32 will save your miserable behinds this time- you will fit in or fsck off.

And now Gnome the third has for you, a new and improved workflow! Not the one you're used to? how sad! Better get used to the new one now, better like it, better use it, we've decided whats best for you, and that makes it good!

The desktop is dead- there's no future in it; we know what the future holds, and the desktop's not in it! We have a cash cow now, or another bovine- out with the old, and in with the new, those freebie apps can now do adverts too.

Its Facebook or die and your name in the sky, those clouds may look dark, all their silver linings stark; but we'll install apps on servers for you to do all your work, and cycle the adverts we think you may like.

Is it web v2, v3 or v4, that's forcing the desktop right out of the door? Or simply those pimply faced teenagers who use computers in ways that are simply obtuse? Their jawbones grown slack from twitter abuse?

So there you have it folks, the bright new vision for a bright new future. Don't think to buy your next OS, you will rent it instead. Don't think to install your apps, they will be hosted in the cloud for rental. Who needs a full on multitasking multithreading OS and all the features of the desktop for that?

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RE: The desktop is dead
by Neolander on Mon 28th Nov 2011 10:55 in reply to "The desktop is dead"
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*clicks the "Like" button, then goes back to mindless content consumption*

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RE[2]: The desktop is dead
by reez on Wed 30th Nov 2011 12:45 in reply to "RE: The desktop is dead"
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*clicks the "Like" button, then goes back to mindless content consumption*

...and returns to comment? ;)

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RE: The desktop is dead
by lego on Mon 28th Nov 2011 12:54 in reply to "The desktop is dead"
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Maybe the future is: tablet + screen + keyboard = desktop.
That for most users, I still need a powerful computer to develop and gamers too.

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RE[2]: The desktop is dead
by Lennie on Mon 28th Nov 2011 15:59 in reply to "RE: The desktop is dead"
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Yes, that is definitely more likely to happen.

Gamers ? I actually think most gamers are already stuck on gaming consoles. Or is that not the trend ?

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