I remember a post from Mark Kent (in my favourite Usenet Newsgroup comp.os.linux.advocacy), stating that the end of the Desktop was near. I didn't argue with Mark about that article, liked his plausible statement, yet it had a "hum, ho" and "we'll see" effect on me.
Mobile devices like Smartphones and Tablets where somewhat underpowered, but the times have changed.
Last week I bought a new TomTec 10 Ultimate (9.7 Inch) Tablet, running Android ICS 4.0.3.
It's a "El Cheapo", marketed at least under 4 different "Brands" in The Netherlands and Belgium only and it's also available in the UK under yet another brand:
Anyway, it's a nice tablet for that small amount of money and it provides everything one could ever wish for.
I bought a HDMI cable and a MicroHDMI to HDMI converter plug, which I connect to my Linux Powered Samsung 32 inch TV and plug in the USB receiver of my whireless Logitech Keyboard and mouse set. And there you have it: another pseudo desktop running on Android ICS 4.0.3.
Once it's rooted I'm able to install ether Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu on it in a chrooted environment, via Linux Installer from Google Play.
So why on Earth should I invest in another traditional Desktop or Laptop Computer? I can have it all on one nice and mobile device.
I am looking forward to buy a "Ubuntu For Android" phone.
Mark Kent was right all the way, albeit ahead of his time: the traditional desktop is passé!