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Unity Clouding Up The Desktop

Oct 29, 2010, 22:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"It is an interesting viewpoint from Mr. Des Ligneris. I don't see the Unity plans as a blessing though. There is no point in turning a full fledged desktop machine into a "Mobile Internet Device". Their use cases do not overlap. While a desktop is certainly capable of performing MID tasks, it is not the intended operating area of a desktop machine.

"People seem to have lost the perspective on desktop computing. The desktop has always been an environment with a secondary role to what people want with it. The desktop needs to be simple, intuitive and out of the way. Most desktops today just do that. They make working with programs easier. Desktop computing has always been about launching powerful programs that make a desktop computer useful and managing the large amount of data that accompanies it. That the browser has become a bundled item with the OS is one of convenience. To do computing you need an OS to launch programs, to "go online" you need a browser. Both have become plumbing. As such, both are infrastructure and both are sub-ordinate to the tasks that people want to perform on top of them."

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