> "Paul Hovnanian P.E." <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> >Mads Skjern wrote:
> >> chrisv wrote:
> >> > Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> Desktop? 5 years? In 5 years not many people will be using desktops.
> >> >
> >> > Nonsense. I see zero need for either my work or home PC's to be
> >> > "portable", and I'm not going to pay a price premium to get a tiny,
> >> > unexpandable, fragile, wimpy-video'd, small-keyboarded,
> >> > battery-powered POS.
> >> >
> >> > In five years I'll have a 30" widescreen LCD sitting on my desk.
> >> > There will be a mouse and an ergonomic keyboard in front of it. The
> >> > computer will be on the floor.
> >> >
> >> The 'Computer' as you call it will be gone. Most likely it will be
> >> incorporated in the display like Apple did with the iMac of 1998. In the
> >> office the PC as we know of now is dead, and has been for years. Any
> >> decent set-up is based on thin clients, and the OS ín those can be
> >> linux, WinCE or whatever will talk to a central server.
> Ah yes, the wet dream of sysadmins. If only we could roll back to the 70s
> when everything was controlled centrally and none of these pesky
> independent computer were around to mess things up. SOrry it is the other
> way. desktop, watchtop, phone top, ... computers will proliferate. There
> will not be fewer but more "PCs" everywhere, all with minor or major
> incompatibilities with each other.
That's not a bad model for some apps. The thin client happens to be a
web browser, or an X server. Some people need nothing more. Some can run
these on their 'fat' box alongside all their other goodies.
Some years ago, I worked for an outfit that 'insisted' that all their
engineers 'needed' access to Windows applications. They had a little
known capability on a few NT servers to export a Windows desktop session
to any X-server. When the manager came around and said, "What's that
system you're running and where are your Windows apps?", I just pointed
to one of the client windows on my Linux system, which was a complete
The Windows sys admins loved it, since the servers were at a central
location, making patching, updating, rebooting and other maintenance
easier. The guy who was getting kickbacks for each Windows system
installed in the company didn't.
Paul Hovnanian mailto:Paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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