Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Sep 2007 13:48 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Fedora Core "The world is changing and online applications are becoming more and more popular, whether for e-mail or word processing. The developers behind Bigboard and Gnome's 'online desktop' initiative think it's time our desktops started catching up. Read on to find an interview with Colin Walters, more information about Bigboard, the online desktop and the obligatory screencast showing it off!"
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by ThawkTH on Sun 30th Sep 2007 19:30 UTC
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2005-07-06

FOSS is so cool.

Nerdy sounding, I know...but think about it.

Most argue that Vista is lacking innovation.

With Linux growing, AMD/ATI releasing specs, and Plan 9 - who can say they're NOT excited?

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by hobgoblin on Mon 1st Oct 2007 01:48 in reply to "..."
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2005-07-06

the funny thing is that plan9 was dreamed up in the 80's.
http://plan9.bell-labs.com/plan9/about.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs

but as it was under tighter creative control then the original unix, was aimed at office/thin client environments, and apple (and later microsoft) was hammering out their own "worlds" on the user desktop, it never got the mindshare it could have gotten.

one could also say that the lack of ever-present network connections (the internet was a collection of mail servers and early web servers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet ) made it a silly thought for the home user to remotely mount his work environment. at best you used telnet on some small home computer to access the command line on some unix box where you worked, and that was it.

it makes one wonder how ahead of its time some of the alpha-geeks working out of silicon vally and similar places where, and how long it will take the rest of the world to catch up to it all.

hmm, it makes me think that what we think of as geeks was at one time thought of as wizards and alchemists. and that they probably had a better understanding of how things work, then history gives them credit for.

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