What's "Linux on the Desktop"Mean, When We Don't Know What a Desktop Is, Anymore?

Posted by estherschindler on Jul 27, 2009 9:05 PM EDT
ITWorld.com; By Esther Schindler
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Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, explained at OSCON how hardware convergence is changing the questions, not just the answers.

. . .Once every discussion about the future of Linux came down to desktop questions like, "When will it run on my Mom's computer?" But that Linux-desktop issue changes when you contemplate convergence, or as Zemlin said, "Phones are starting to look a lot more like PCs, and PCs are looking a lot more like phones." Is the smartphone the next big desktop? Are MIDs, netbooks, and nettops the new desktop? "Do any of these matter?" he asked. "Is the browser the new desktop? Is it the TV? Is that the next desktop war?"

"We don't know what the next desktop will be," Zemlin said. "It's likely to be all of these things. ... All of them have clearly one main thing in common and that's Linux." . . .

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