Linked by fran on Sun 20th Feb 2011 19:00 UTC
Google "Over the last few months we have been hard at work getting Native Client ready to support the new Pepper plug-in interface. Native Client is an open source technology that allows you to build web applications that seamlessly and safely execute native compiled code inside the browser. Today, we've reached an important milestone in our efforts to make Native Client modules as portable and secure as JavaScript, by making available a first release of the revamped Native Client .[...]In the coming months we will be adding APIs for 3D graphics, local file storage, WebSockets, peer-to-peer networking, and more. We'll also be working on Dynamic Shared Objects (DSOs), a feature that will eventually allow us to provide Application Binary Interface (ABI) stability."
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RE: A new OS paradigm?
by Radio on Sun 20th Feb 2011 21:51 UTC in reply to "A new OS paradigm?"
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There is no "real" OS unlike we make it like that, by favorizing the "remote" OS over the "local" OS. Otherwise, you have the best of both worlds: a local and a remote, thin-client, sandboxed OS (how should I call it?).

Going further along that line of though, the next step would be blurring the line between the two. The only OS I know walking along that kind of future is DragonflyBSD (this is why I'd keep an eye on it).

But maybe it won't be the case: maybe the thin client will be so powerful, versatile, secure and ubiquitous that nobody will care anymore about the local OS (ChromeOS-style, your "new paradigm"). Or maybe, the barrier between local and remote will be kept for security and privacy reasons.

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