Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 10:08 UTC, submitted by twickline
OSNews, Generic OSes Blake Ross helped make Firefox one of the biggest open-source success stories ever. Just wait until you see what he's up to now. Ross's [project] is named Parakey. As he describes it, from a user's point of view, Parakey is "a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do." Translation: it makes it really easy to store your stuff and share it with the world. Most or all of Parakey will be open source, under a license similar to Firefox's. There are differences between the two projects, however. Although Ross plans to incorporate the talents and passions of the free-software community, he's building Parakey around a for-profit business model. And he's leading the charge with a simple battle cry: "One interface, not two!"
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It seems this one is different
by Ronald Vos on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 21:40 UTC
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The creator seems to have a clear vision and is capable of transferring it. With previous web-OSes you always had to wonder 'what's the point?'. The goal here seems to integrate things into one interface, and then make that available online. One interface for extracting photo's from your camera, editing them, and uploading them somewhere. And if you use popmail, turning various popmail accounts into one webmail-box with the interface of your choice (because I assume there will be multiple versions for various tasks eventually)..that's not bad.

Problem is that remote interfaces are never that snappy, and if everything has to be reimplemented (graphics editing programs?) software will be immature once more, if even available. Because it will be just like starting a new OS; chicken and egg problem.

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