Red Hat has been suggesting for years that it isn't interested in the traditional consumer desktop as a business, but it has finally come out and said it in concrete terms:[W]e have no plans to create a traditional desktop product for the consumer market in the foreseeable future.
The U.S. PC market is beginning to have less influence on the global market, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
Though it had previously projected 7 percent growth for the U.S. market, shipments inched up 3.5 percent, half what IDC was anticipating.
"The main issue is the economic situation in the U.S.," said Doug Bell, PC analyst for IDC. "It was the only region really impacted by the recession scare." Corporate IT budgets are showing that cautious approach, he noted. Spending on IT hardware is being delayed to the second … Read more
Most desktop replacements (so named for having giant screens, full-size keyboards, and other desktop amenities) start at around $800-900, but Buy.com has the Acer Aspire 7720-6155 on sale for just $599.99 shipped. It's a factory-refurbished model, but it's also very nicely loaded.
Indeed, the Aspire 7720 features a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 17-inch widescreen LCD. It also includes a dual-layer DVD burner, a Webcam, a 5-in-1 media card reader, and, well, just about everything else you'd find in a full-bore desktop. The only … Read more
When it comes to your weather-knowing needs, The Weather Channel Desktop 6, which moved out of beta this past week, contains a wealth of meteorological and atmospheric information that goes far beyond three-day forecasts. Of course, it does that, too. The app can predict weather for as short a period as the next 12 hours or as extended a span as the next 12 days. There's a storm watch and pollen count for your physical well-being and reports on cloud behavior over local golf courses, lakes, and amusement parks to help plan your day.
The Weather Channel Desktop also … Read more
It's possible that the Linux desktop will never be anything more than a fad among geeky enthusiasts. If so, a growing swell of people appear to be much more faddish of late, as numbers from W3Counter.com appear to indicate.
Looking at the data, Linux clearly has a ways to go. But consider just how far it has come:Linux went from 1.25 percent in May of 2007 to 2.02 percent in March of 2008. That is 61.6 percent increase in market share in nine months. [Put another way,] that is 82 percent annual growth in installed computers.… Read more
Step into the Wayback Machine and check out this refurbished Compaq EVO D51S desktop. It's decently equipped: 2GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 40GB hard drive, DVD-ROM drive, and Windows XP Home. It even has a floppy drive! Geeks.com price: $99.99.
You'll have to supply the monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and you'll have to live with a case that has a few dings and scratches. (Read the full product description: This is definitely a "used" PC.)
Even so, this could be an ideal machine for young kids, tween/teen students, or a … Read more
After Monday's forecast in which he foretold Apple moving 45 million iPhones during 2009, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is back with another aggressive estimate.
On Tuesday, Munster released a research note in which he estimates that Apple's U.S. consumer market share for Macs stands at 21 percent, while its worldwide share is about 10 percent. He comes to this conclusion by using numbers released by market research firm IDC, which found that Apple's worldwide share of the PC market grew from 2.4 percent to 2.9 percent between 2006 and 2007. He notes that … Read more
I'm not a heavy user of widget engines. Besides OS X's Dashboard, I usually steer clear of having any more processes running on my machine and opt to go with a Web option instead. A new player called Sobees has piqued my interest though. Based out of Switzerland, Sobees is one of the neater ones I've seen, placing a heavy emphasis on style and first-party widgets over building out an open platform for people to develop on (which is coming later on).
There are all the usual widgets to play with, like weather, a clock, sticky notes, … Read more
Desktops are so not cool anymore. So Hewlett-Packard is trying to make theirs a bit hipper.
Though the new Pavilion Elite m9200t doesn't have zebra stripes or come in anything other than the standard tower form factor, it's looking to impress with its features, like the Easy Backup Button for quickly backing up files, the 1TB hard drive, and a Blu-ray Disc burner, as well as photo-editing software, and a digital TV tuner and the ability to record TV shows.
It starts at $799, but HP's Web site prices the "recommended configuration" at $1,429 … Read more
As far as living room PCs go, this is pretty unobtrusive--with an emphasis on the "pretty."
The Merium Home Entertainment PC is designed by Norwegian company Mesiro and has to be one of the loveliest depositories for your digital media you want to access from your living room TV.
With Windows Vista Home Premium, 250GB of storage space, a Core 2 Duo processor, Wi-Fi, and an included remote and wireless keyboard, the Merium is a more than decent PC, but what makes it stand out is its interchangeable faceplates. You can get piano black, sleek white, and other … Read more