Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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RE: It's still OSnews
by Morgan on Sun 16th May 2010 01:32 UTC in reply to "It's still OSnews"
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My phone is where about half of my internet activity occurs anymore.

I think that says a whole lot about the situation. Back in the old days, the internet was a means to an end for us geeks and hackers. We used it as a tool to communicate about and download/upload bits and pieces of our pet OS and app projects. For example, I spent hours on end exploring the inner workings of the BeOS shell and file system features; I didn't even have a working network card in my BeOS machine for a few months. Once I did, I only used the 'net to catch up on email and download more software to play with in my favorite OS.

These days, it is reversed: The computer, its OS and apps are the means to reach the internet, which has become the end. Today, nobody really cares what their computer runs, as long as it gives them a browser. I know Thom hates the term, but today it's all about the cloud and how to reach it, and more and more of the "apps" we use live there.

I miss the days when the journey was many times more rewarding than the destination.

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