I stumbled upon this in the most unlikely of places, StumbleUpon.com.
All kidding aside, This article opened my eyes. I didn't realize just how many options where available for web based applications. I knew there where a decent amount for pda's and phones, but these are also available for the desktop or laptop user.
Here is the list compiled by the author of 15 Web Alternatives to Popular Desktop Software, Ken Shi.
I think you should take a good look at these, they are all high quality software.
The only thing I don't like is moving away from the open source platform of Linux/Unix.
- End of article at http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/15-web-alternatives-to-popular-desktop-software/ -
I normally wouldn't post another person's article verbatim like this, but Ken Shi did an awesome job on this, better than I personally could have done I think.
The question he poses at the end of his article is whether or not this will eventually sound the death knell of desktop and laptop software, using only online solutions.
The question that comes to my mind is, will this sound the death knell of open source software.
I hope in both cases the answer is no. There is a lot to be gained by doing everything in the cloud, but there is something to be lost as well.
I will leave this question to be answered by you.