Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Apr 2008 21:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell's Nat Friedman told InternetNews.com: "The basic concept here is that the standalone operating system is dead." Friedman is Novell's Chief Technology Officer. He added: "The days in which people buy operating systems on their own and then build a stack from there [...] will look like home-built automobiles in the future - people aren't going to do this anymore." This is not the first time some big company predicts the end of the traditional operating system.
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RE[2]: Nat is right: OSes ARE dead
by Eugenia on Fri 18th Apr 2008 08:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Nat is right: OSes ARE dead"
Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

You don't seem to understand. When we say "it's dead", we mean that it's something that will still exist, but it won't bother the normal user. It will be a COMMODITY. Just like no one cares about the firmware inside the latest Bluetooth headset or even your TV remote control. Nobody cares. Same thing with OSes. OSes will simply be transparent platforms, and no one will care if it's Linux, or Windows or Mac.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

and no one will care if it's Linux, or Windows or Mac.


It's already dead then because Joe User doesn't care if its Windows, OSX (Mac isn't an OS) or Linux. He cares if it does what he needs.
On the other hand, there always will be people who do care.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

but it won't bother the normal user. It will be a COMMODITY.


Just like they said about the car decades ago. Didn't exactly pan out, did it?

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PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

You're awfully out of touch with normal users if you think they're remotely bothered about the OS they use. They are bothered only about what they can achieve with it.

As for saying 'the OS market is dead'. Well, all I can say is being able to mod OSN staff down is really the ticket here.

Edited 2008-04-18 12:42 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

You don't seem to understand. When we say "it's dead", we mean that it's something that will still exist, but it won't bother the normal user

People have said the same thing about televisions, cars, computers in general and so on and so forth. Not going to happen. And, the OS market is driven by what businesses want, not by home-users, so you just can't declare OS market dead if home-users don't care what OS they run. Besides, home-users have never cared about it as long as they get to do what they wish, and if they have some specific app (like my sister specifically wants MSN Messenger) that it runs on the computer they own. That brings another point why OS market will not die: I just simply will not believe that all software will run on any available OS. There will always be some OS which is not supported, and as such there is always market for the supported OSes. You can't deny that.

Just like no one cares about the firmware inside the latest Bluetooth headset or even your TV remote control

Difference: you use those only for ONE specific purpose. Computers are used for gazillions of different uses AND people install applications on them to further expand the uses of the computer. This would be a valid example if computers were really only appliances, used only for a few very specific tasks. But since that is not the case your example is moot.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

OSes will simply be transparent platforms, and no one will care if it's Linux, or Windows or Mac.

Operating systems can never be completely transparent platforms because they have implications for how they will be used, and what you can use them with and for. If you have Windows, Linux and Mac platforms you can never make them transparent because they're different.

However, all that will be taken care of because in twenty years the dominant OS will be Linux, everyone will be chasing Linux compatibility, and unlike Windows, you can actually achieve that goal.

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