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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop! 453

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-abandon-your-battlestation dept.
theodp writes "'The desktop or laptop is now in decline,' writes John Sall, 'squeezed from one side by mobile platforms and from the other side by the cloud. As a developer of desktop software [by choice not necessity], I believe it is time to address the challenges to our viability. Is software for the desktop PC now the living dead, or zombieware.' While conceding there's some truth to truisms about the death of the desktop, Sall believes there's still life in the old desktop dog, 'We live in a world of computing where dreams come true,' Sall concludes. 'The mainframe bows to the minicomputer. The minicomputer bows to the personal computer. The personal computer bows to the tablet and smart phone. It seems as if these will soon bow to the smart watch or smart glasses. But at each step along the way, some applications find their best home – and other applications as well as new applications find the more convenient and smaller home better...So let's keep our desktops and laptops, our PCs and Macs. They are amazingly good at what they do.'"
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

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  • but but.... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Chrisq (894406) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @09:14AM (#45593801)

    The Desktop Is Dead

    Isn't 2014 going to be the year of the Linux desktop?

  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @09:15AM (#45593817)

    Turns out that Tux is a zombie process

  • by BreakBad (2955249) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @09:36AM (#45593999)

    Desktop is dead (except for India) because all your SolidWorks and AutoCAD work has been outsourced. Enjoy angry birds on your smart glasses. Remember, buy Chinese!

  • by oodaloop (1229816) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @09:40AM (#45594039)
    Reading the entire summary before posting is generally not needed and considered bad form.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @09:44AM (#45594079)

    For the web, desktop, tablet or phone, PCs or Macs are where development happens. We often need more power than a laptop can handle, so we use quite a few desktop PCs. For the general public, tablets may fill the need, but for development there will always be desktops.

    You should get an iPad an do like I do. I take my iPad down by the beach and then I tell Siri to develop new apps for me while I'm swimming. Then I jet over to Paris for dinner. I use the iPad on the plane to tell Siri to develop some web apps for me. On Friday I count the Bennies. I guess I could make Siri do that too, but I kinda enjoy doing that myself.

    PCs are so dead, dude.

    P.S. Watch out for my new Siri developed social networking, dick pic sharing website startup with accompanying Siri developed smartphone app. VCs are all over this thing. It'll blow your mind, dude.

  • by jbeaupre (752124) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @11:20AM (#45595205)

    You'll laugh, but I'm doing CAD work in the US ... outsourced from China.

  • by jafac (1449) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @01:16PM (#45596891) Homepage

    The only people who can migrate are the people who only do Facebook/Youtube

    . . . right, and most of the ppl on Youtube are suffering issues with buffering and stuttering (DASH) because Google has changed the player, and with Facebook - well - it's getting it's own issues - (privacy, and etc).

    I really believe that; aside from the utility of using services like google drive and drop box, that this whole tablet/cloud thing has been just a fad.

  • by tmlrv (129747) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @02:19PM (#45597755)

    Yup, gamers. My son was all about the portability of a laptop, but he finally gave up and went back to big iron because the desktop box was easier to upgrade and repair, had more RAM and HD capacity, and (most important to him) far better framerates on his FPS games.

    Man, I am getting old. I am thoroughly perplexed when someone refers to a desktop PC as "big iron".

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