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Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 11, 2012 21:34 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
In reply to: Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop by karim
Parent article: Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

> Personally I'm surprised this debate is happening at all. By the numbers I'm seeing, the desktop is in decline. How you expand in a declining market is something that profoundly evades me.

More people use desktops now then they ever did in the past.

The PC market itself is in decline because you don't need to buy new computers every 3 years to keep up with changing software technology. A core 2 duo computer from 2007 is just as useful today as it was when it was new. Only now computers from 2005 are getting to the point of being annoyingly slow for most people.

That does NOT translate to a decline in desktops. Nobody wants to get rid of their desktops or stop using them. New devices are exposing new ways to use computers, but old ways are still going to exist.


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Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 11, 2012 23:46 UTC (Tue) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

That does NOT translate to a decline in desktops.

Wrong accent. It does not yet translates to a decline in desktops.

A core 2 duo computer from 2007 is just as useful today as it was when it was new. Only now computers from 2005 are getting to the point of being annoyingly slow for most people.

Which means that today's mobile phones and tablets are closer and closer to the speed needed to kill desktop. Indeed first devices are starting to appear (ASUS Transformer, ASUS Padfone, or Spider Laptop), but there are not yet good replacement for desktop: their phone/tablet performance is decent, but they make quite poor replacement for laptop and even poorer for desktop. But the writing's on the wall.

That does NOT translate to a decline in desktops. Nobody wants to get rid of their desktops or stop using them. New devices are exposing new ways to use computers, but old ways are still going to exist.

For a few more years, yes. Apple I was released in 1976, IBM PC was released in 1981, but sellers on UNIX workstations did great till the middle of 1990th!

It's just silly to expect that first clumsy devices will kill the incumbent right away. It'll be few more years till they will be even considered powerful enough to be perceived as serious contenders.

I guess watershed moment will happen when it'll be possible to build Android on the Android device. Right now you need quite powerful 64bit x86-based system to do that…

Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 12, 2012 5:05 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

>I guess watershed moment will happen when it'll be possible to build Android on the Android device. Right now you need quite powerful 64bit x86-based system to do that…

You probably can do this, using Android-x86. Though it definitely would be a clumsy affair.

Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop

Posted Sep 12, 2012 10:39 UTC (Wed) by yodermk (subscriber, #3803) [Link]

It is still crazy talk to think the desktop will disappear - especially for any kind of content creation. Yes it might change form factors; it might be possible to run most desktop apps on a phone connected to a big screen. But that is still a desktop and Linux should still compete for it.


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