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White paper: the economic value of the Long Term Support Initiative

White paper: the economic value of the Long Term Support Initiative

Posted Oct 10, 2013 0:24 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
In reply to: White paper: the economic value of the Long Term Support Initiative by dlang
Parent article: White paper: the economic value of the Long Term Support Initiative

a low level desktop can be had for a couple hundred, a phone is about double that, not counting the docking station.

Low-level phones are already below $100. They are not very functional, though. Add the fact that you can replace desktop with a phone (if phone is fast enough) but can not replace phone with a desktop… the writings are on the wall.

the workstation market didn't vanish, it was just replaced by newer systems that outperformed the old ones. High end workstations are still around, they just have x86 chips in them that outperform the RISC based chips that were there before.

Ah, no worries, then. Desktop will not die, just Windows/X/Wayland/etc will die. We will all use Android-based desktop but it'll be just a replacement of desktops with a newer systems which outperform the old ones. Got that. Makes sense.


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White paper: the economic value of the Long Term Support Initiative

Posted Oct 10, 2013 1:48 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

Ok, if you are saying that the workstation has vanished, what exactly is the difference between a 'real workstation' and a current high-end PC running Linux?

White paper: the economic value of the Long Term Support Initiative

Posted Oct 10, 2013 9:27 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

“A current high-end PC” was never supposed to run Linux. It was designed to be used with Windows. Old “RISC workstations” were designed with UNIX in mind. You can as well call XBox360 “a Linux system” because of the existence of Free60.

If your point is that people will grab Android devices and try to adopt them for their needs in the future and will even produce something desktop-like, then you are probably correct, but that does not change the equation much: when people talk about “death of something” (be it workstations, steam cars or desktop) they talk about “normal users”. The fact that British Steam Car Challenge set a new record for steam cars in 2009 does not mean steam cars are not dead: of course your can find some enthusiasts who will try to present curious devices of the era which is long gone, but this is totally separate question from the evolution of mainstream.


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