Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 12:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Gnome GNOME hacker Seth Nickell has written a lengthy PDF and accompanying blog post with a number of very interesting ideas for GNOME 3.0. I pondered putting this up on the front page, but since that usually only attracts the "It's not what I'm used to so it sucks"-crowd, I decided to put it up here. Be sure to read the blog post, the PDF, and the comments on the blog post to get the entire picture.
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I would like Gnome and/or KDE to make an interface that makes it possible to implement local applications that stores my user-data on a server, and also handle the offline access by some kind of cache.

Gvfs allows you to read and write to files on local system just as easily as it allows you to do it on remote systems, and it supports quite a few different protocols too: I am atleast aware of SFTP, FTP, Samba, NFS and Gmail (you need to install the appropriate plugin).

If you are writing an application of your own why not just tap into Gvfs and save the files remotely yourself?

In short, make it possible for applications *and* server:s to be implemented with a non-company proprietary protocol/interface/implementation that makes it possible for me and possibly some friends to either setup this server myself

SSH (SFTP) server works as a file-server just fine and has even the added bonus of transferring everything encrypted.

Edited 2010-02-27 13:06 UTC

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