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    Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    Please don't flame me for having an honest concern. After all I am a human like you, and Ubuntu forum is a place for human beings, much like the saying "Linux for Human beings" or I suppose anyway.

    I am wondering, do you believe cloud computing will one day be our only solution for computing in the future and all we'll use are terminal-like machines to access all our data stored at 3rd party servers with no local hardware software computing and storage? I sure hope not.

    What about gaming? Services like OnLive are cloud gaming solutions aiming to kill the consoles and PC gaming alike, and if the future of gaming is solely based on server-side and online environments, then looks like I'll jump ship on gaming all-together. That day will be a very dreadful day. I want to own what I pay 10-60 dollars for instead of relying on SaaS solutions for all my gaming needs.

    Same with personal computing, I do not want to be at the mercy of corporate services for all my personal data and entertainment. I am all for co-existence between cloud computing and local computing. Facebook, Twitter and web-based email is definitely a co-existance. But for me, local computing or bust. I will NOT entrust a corporation to store all my data over using my own hardware. I am sure others will agree.

    Your thoughts?

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    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2343703,00.asp
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/2960816/VD...ktop-Computing
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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    I'd bet that an appreciable chunk of the population will choose to go that route, but personal computers will never go away. It's mainly going to be aimed at people who just use the computer for simple things like word processing and internet browsing as well as those who travel a great deal and want data to be available wherever they may be.

    Even assuming internet and processor speed make it reasonable, as an extreme example, for people to play video games run on a central server, there are always going to be tech nuts who want to code, build, host their own servers, etc. And of course, there are people who are high on the paranoia spectrum who will be concerned that government reverse vampires are intercepting their Hanna Montana/Star Trek slash fan fiction.

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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    with everyone on 5mb+ connections, who knows

    and ChromeOS will be pushing it earlier

    microsoft is kinda worried about cloud computing killing the windows monopoly, but also embracing it because it means the end of piracy on their products, which could mean better earnings in the long shot

    Competition will have a better chance in the cloud too.

    and with onlive real time streaming, videogames will finally be what they were supposed to be "video" games
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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    Quote Originally Posted by madjr View Post
    with everyone on 5mb+ connections, who knows

    and ChromeOS will be pushing it earlier

    microsoft is kinda worried about cloud computing killing the windows monopoly, but also embracing it because it means the end of piracy on their products, which could mean better earnings in the long shot

    Competition will have a better chance in the cloud too.
    Isn't ChromeOS aimed for Netbooks, rather than desktops and notebook hardware? Netbooks alone are aimed for a completely different niche than say higher end hardware owners. The small space in the SSDs are simply too little for file hogs that use desktops and notebooks. Lugging an external HDD can defeat the purpose of the netbook's mobility, so a cloud is a better solution for mobility. But for the more hardcore users, cloud computing can be useful for backups, syncing to other machines, and sharing, but being forced to using it for everything would be their worst nightmare.

    Not to mention you'll pay yet another bill to use it should your cloud computing be a significance in power, vs. buying hardware of your own and use that without being under the mercy of corporate greed.

    @madjr, excellent points. I suppose the target audience for cloud computing for everything is for the casuals, which not all of us are casual computer users. I'm sure even some casual computer users prefer their own hardware. Just hope it doesn't cross this line.

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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    There will be two groups; I for one will remain firmly tethered
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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    Found this article.
    http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2010/0...-cloud-gaming/

    If more companies follow suit, it's the future, unfortunately...

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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    Developer Microsoft Website Official website

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    Will be very interesting!
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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    I don't think 'cloud computing' can kill desktops. There have been attempts to kill the desktop - remember 'thin client'? Remember the whole business started with mainframes and dumb terminals?

    These decisions are made by ordinary folks who plonk down their hard-earned cash for computers (thank God), not by a single solitary System Architect, for whom control is the ultimate objective. The ordinary folks decide if they want one monolithic set of applications or a set of competing ones.

    Long live fat client!

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    Re: Will cloud computing replace our physical desktops?

    Nope
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