Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 27th Mar 2006 19:30 UTC
Google Phil Sim, a professional with technology editor journalist background, has written three interesting blog posts recently, discussing the much-rumored Google OS (1, 2, 3). He speculates that all user's data will be stored online on Google's servers and so one's desktop and files can be retrieved exactly as left by any other PC station, anywhere in the world, by simply using his Gmail credentials. It's like having your OS on a usb key with you at all times, only, without the usb key...
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by Arakon on Mon 27th Mar 2006 22:23 UTC
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A local OS that is built from the ground up on a local webserver? like having apache as the server with all the apps being ajax/java whatever done locally. All installed as minor scripts. With all the secure connection types available to a webserver it should be trivial to set up trusted sites for repositories of scripts to install.

The desktop would be a complete web application and being local it should be just as snappy on recent hardware. If there is a repository that saves your settings online somewhere (a config.ini ) that you can run from any machine and it will load and run the appropriate scripts with your settings.

The online storage of information would get hairy for anything massive but most office workers are just working on docs that are relatively small. You could have a company webserver with a secure connection set to hold all your work related stuff, or your own personal if you prefer. Larger files should probably only be worked on locally though.

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