These days the use of mainframe computers and terminals is highly outdated, but I'd like to predict it will make a comeback sometime soon.
Today our terminals, our smartphones and tablets and even laptops and TVs are much more powerful than they used to be--and much more mobile.
Instead of the one-desktop-one-user at a time scenario, what if there was an OS that ran on high-performance hardware shared by the entire household?
instead of sitting in a chair all day, a new form of mobile terminal (one that will probably be produced in the next couple of years just from a blind estimate) would enable the power of the desktop from a mobile platform.
I just don't see the point of having a 3Ghz processor in a mobile phone if your desktop at home is just sitting there unused. This may be due in part to an infrastructure problem, perhaps ISP subscribers just don't have the bandwidth to handle all that wired/wireless communication.
What do you guys think, do you think the terminal system could make a comeback in a modern world, or do you side with the "everything gets smaller and more powerful, why a giant mainframe?" point of view?
If I were to try this at home, I would probably use a top-notch desktop running Windows 7/8 (and hoping it supports multiple users at the same time), with a few cheap wifi tablets to use the desktop's resources.
How do you think the family would benefit? What if there was a better mobile keyboard, so you could program from anywhere with the compilation speed and tools of your desktop?
Back to the question, a future in it, or a no-go and every household person has their own PC, and mobile devices with an advent form of this system built-in (document syncing or remote desktop)?
Hey, perhaps linux could excel in this area if M$ isn't sold on the idea?