" "Using the new memory in phones and PCs could allow them to be low-cost dumb terminals with minimal local energy consumption,"
How does that in any way follow?"
It seems to me that,"It'll all be fat-server-thin-client any day now," was the archetype for,"This will be the year of Linux on the desktop."
The distinction being that when you ask,"Why is that a good thing?" the latter crowd will throw more reasons at you than you would ever want to hear, whereas the former will, at best, respaff a bunch of meaningless marketing-speak.
10/100 Ethernet was going to get us there. 32-bit processors were going to get us there. Java was going to get us there. 64-bit processors were going to get us there. Optical mice were going to do it (I'm sure somebody said it).
Not saying it hasn't got some traction with the whole,"cloud," thing, just saying it's mostly bollocks.