Linked by David Adams on Sat 1st Jan 2005 18:45 UTC, submitted by Somynona
Editorial "Despite its current misadventure with Linux, Sun isn't in the generic desktop computer business. The Java desktop is cool, but it's a solution driven by necessity, not excellence. In comparison, putting Mac OS X on the Sunray desktop would be an insanely great solution for Sun." read the rest macnewsworld.com
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re: Okay people one more time
by hobgoblin on Sun 2nd Jan 2005 01:51 UTC

and suddenly we are right back in the early 80's. sure, stuff like java and .net helps a bit but haveing to toss the whole computer every time one feel like upgradeing is a bit overkill...

that is unless the computer is basicly the cpu, a video board and not much else. lets put the users apps and desktop enviroment on a external hd or something (usb2 and/or firewire). the kernel and drivers are put on a flash card in the comp itself. after boot the kernel fires up a very minimal gui that searches any external storage units looking for user profiles and app folders. every user profile found is presented in a list and the user can then log in.

and how about the storage media can double as a music and video player? so that on its own it can play back audio useing headpones or a stereo hookup, and video useing svideo or similar. hell, have it show images over the video connection to ;)

apps should be wrapped in selfcontained archives with no need to install or uninstall. want to get rid of a app? delete said archive.

hmm, maybe one could make a laptop where the storage media could dock so that you didnt have to worry about cables and so on. just bring the whole thing along. come home, pop the storage out, hook it to your desktop and continue working.