Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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RE[2]: It's still OSnews
by kaiwai on Sun 16th May 2010 04:58 UTC in reply to "RE: It's still OSnews"
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I think that says a whole lot about the situation. Back in the old days, the internet was a means to an end for us geeks and hackers. We used it as a tool to communicate about and download/upload bits and pieces of our pet OS and app projects. For example, I spent hours on end exploring the inner workings of the BeOS shell and file system features; I didn't even have a working network card in my BeOS machine for a few months. Once I did, I only used the 'net to catch up on email and download more software to play with in my favorite OS.

These days, it is reversed: The computer, its OS and apps are the means to reach the internet, which has become the end. Today, nobody really cares what their computer runs, as long as it gives them a browser. I know Thom hates the term, but today it's all about the cloud and how to reach it, and more and more of the "apps" we use live there.

I miss the days when the journey was many times more rewarding than the destination.


You've hit the nail right on the head - my next door neighbours are in the market of getting a laptop. Their main purpose for the laptop? catching up with friends on email, going on trade me, surfing the internet and maybe some typing for work.

I wouldn't say that the apps reside on the internet as so far as visualising Microsoft Office on the internet but rather that the websites have become applications in themselves which sit side by side in importance to Microsoft Office. Being able to run Microsoft Office for some people is as important as being able to access Facebook.The 'need' for mail application by many people is waining as the online facility are as good as having a locally running application - it was only a couple of years ago I was using Mail to access gmail but now I am just logged into gmail and use it like an offline mail application.

There is still, however, a place for locally stored applications, and people will still be picky about their computers, what runs on them and what is bundled, just like the did years ago. But the change is due to a number of factors - it'll be interesting to see in 5 years time where things turn out at.

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