The open source Linux based PC are good for corporates where a huge savings in license costs can be achieved . In todays "Windows world" , corporates have to cough up large sums of money every year for thousands of their PC as Windows OS and MS other products licensing costs. Many of the corporates try to save this money by loading pirated software ( especially in developing countries like India). Such software is prone to virus attacks and in turn indrectly there is a huge loss of man-days because of data corruption and PC down time.
In my opinion as far as corporates are concerned there is no alternative to desktops in coming years
And it's always good to have options. I think there is even separation in the latter PC user category. Even within the power users, you have a good range to choose from when it comes to performance of the system from low-cost functioning machine to the high-end workstation.
I personally like the open source software since it reduces the cost of the any computing device that needs an OS. My strong opinion is that the PC business model is definitely moving in a right direction since the users who don’t really need the computational power of the high priced OS can ignore those PC’s. The net book market will serve many number of users compared to the traditional computers that we have been using for the long time now. There will be two distinct computers, one is net book, which will be replace low-end computers, and leaving the traditional PC’s for the customers who really unleash the high end graphics and accelerated application processing.
Most users have a comfort level and apart from a major pain, ($$$ or failures), they will not deviate from what they know. Most will not venture to try a completely different OS just for the sake of something new. Do you know how many people are still running XP??? It's astounding with the new ne OSs that have been released since then.
I would say lots of people won't mind using a Linux-based OS (remember Android is also a linux-based OS), given the rapid improvement in user-friendliness in the past few years. However, low-cost netbooks are dying fast nowadays, as hardly any of them are making differences from the others.
Given the strong waves of tablets, netbooks will have a hard time.
Seems like the market for PC's could split up. The users who traditionally preferred the PC over the Mac for its customizability and open architecture may tend toward Linux. Especially as Linux becomes more user-friendly, the benefits of the open-source software model make sense for technically inclined users.
Users who prefer their computing platform to be more "automagic" are likely to subscribe to the cloud model with thin clients (i.e. tablets).
I wonder how many people have realized that the 'CLOUD' is basically the 1960's IBM business model? I understand that the younger generation has no memory of the Big Mainframe era, but that is essentially where the CLOUD is taking us.
As for a Linix based PC, I think they will remain a small fringe aspect for the average user. Even with a good Windows Like shell, few people are brave enough to step out of the mainstream to enter into the Linix world. Yes, very good technical people can appreciate the efficiency in Linix verses Windows, but if I am going to write an application, I am going to work on something that can instantly be used by hundreds of millions of Windows based PC's.
As for PC's being a tired business model, it still fills the needs of most people, especially the cautious and paranoid, for local computing on their data without worry that it could be stolen by others. I understand that the CLOUD is promising safety and security, but you will excuse me if I yawn. I have heard it all before.
I will concede that with the saturation of the PC market and the rise of the Tablet generation, I think the PC market has probably peaked. For most people, they need something small to communicate with and access information world wide. The Tablet model does just that, so it will eat into the PC market very quickly, especially in the emerging markets where an established PC presence does not exist.
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