Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th May 2010 01:20 UTC, submitted by historyb
Gnome "The release of GNOME 3.0. the popular desktop's first major release in eight years, promises to be the major free software event in autumn 2010. Where is GNOME now? What can we expect of GNOME 3.0? Of GNOME 3 as a series of releases?"
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RE[2]: Another 8 Years?
by dc.ricardo on Thu 13th May 2010 21:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Another 8 Years?"
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"With the Internet, Cloud and Sync anything anywhere going on, I don't see people caring too much about the OS.

So what do you use locally to access all of these services?
A web browser that runs on Windows 7, Ubuntu, Symbian and Windows XP (in any order).

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RE[3]: Another 8 Years?
by grat on Fri 14th May 2010 02:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Another 8 Years?"
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A web browser that runs on Windows 7, Ubuntu, Symbian and Windows XP (in any order).

Except that Windows 7, Symbian and Windows XP *are* "OS's". Ubuntu is a customized linux OS. Google might have a "browser OS", but really, you'll still have an operating system underneath, and a desktop UI on top-- that might be Gnome, KDE, Android, Aero, or a web browser-- but the OS isn't going anywhere, and neither is the desktop UI.

Personally, I think this trend towards making the web browser the ubiquitous interface is a huge step backwards to terminal interfaces-- Now the browsers have added "screen" to them in the form of tabbed browsing, but eventually, usability will drive the browser to the point where it's a desktop again, and we'll have come full circle.

Take Konqueror, for example... can browse any protocol there's a KIO slave for (web, dav, ftp, ssh, samba, etc.), and surf the web, and manage filesystems... and most people were happy when Dolphin came along and replaced the all-in-one tool with a filemanager.

We're going to have computing devices with memory and file storage-- and that means an operating system is required. Where the data is stored, how the data gets processed, is immaterial.

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