Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:00 UTC
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Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

I remember a time when GNOME and KDE releases were big deals here. Feels like eons ago, a distant memory from an irrelevant past.

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desktops vs apps
by project_2501 on Thu 27th Mar 2014 08:58 UTC
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2006-03-20

The importance of desktops is falling.

Apps are increasingly web apps. Who still uses a thick email client? Not many.

Who would have thought you'd keep your files on the cloud. I didn't but I do.

People do care about the devices form and it's nice to have an operating system to optimise battery life etc but more people are using online video players vs local players. Online editors online image fixers...


For developers the web is more the runtime and the OS just needs to support the browser.

In not saying the desktop is dead... Yet.

Myself I just need an OS to run a browser efficiently. And I did say OS not desktop.

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RE: desktops vs apps
by ichi on Thu 27th Mar 2014 11:23 in reply to "desktops vs apps"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

There are still lots of things a desktop can provide to make your life easier even if you live completely on the "cloud" with webapps, eg:

-Integration for webapps notifications.
-Easy configuration of your networks settings, including VPN connections.
-Integration of your online storage with local folders for synchronization and link sharing.
-Window management, if you'll be running webapps on separate browser windows.
-Independent volume controls for different audio streams on different webapps.

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RE[2]: desktops vs apps
by project_2501 on Thu 27th Mar 2014 18:57 in reply to "RE: desktops vs apps"
project_2501 Member since:
2006-03-20

All of these things can or could be done by a browser.

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RE: desktops vs apps
by stabbyjones on Fri 28th Mar 2014 00:58 in reply to "desktops vs apps"
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

the amount of people using outlook would be pretty damn high.

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RE[2]: desktops vs apps
by project_2501 on Sat 29th Mar 2014 22:46 in reply to "RE: desktops vs apps"
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2006-03-20