Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 6th Oct 2010 16:37 UTC
Editorial In response to Jean-Louis Glassee's article "The OS Doesn't Matter..." I wrote quite simply: the future of the browser wars is he who integrates with the OS best. This phrase came from my article lambasting Microsoft's use of HTML for their IE9 jump lists, which caused quite a stir. In the wave of ever increasing web browser capability, the operating system is going to matter to web users more than it ever has before.
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RE: Os course the OS matters!
by Lennie on Wed 6th Oct 2010 20:35 UTC in reply to "Os course the OS matters!"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

The OS itself just matters to a small number of people.

Most people just want the applications (or websites in this case) to (just) work.

Only fan boys (I'm on the side of Linux myself) and the creators of the OS itself really care.

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RE[2]: Os course the OS matters!
by Kroc on Wed 6th Oct 2010 20:44 in reply to "RE: Os course the OS matters!"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

People care that when they switch their computer on it starts quickly, doesn’t randomly decide to stop working and that when they click things they happen in a responsive way. The OS matters in all the ways the consumer is not aware are happening under the hood. They don’t want to be confused by meaningless dialogues, they don’t want their machine to bombard them with interruptions that get in the way of what they want to do. It is the OSes job to make the operation of the computer easy and enjoyable and matters a whole lot.

If the OS didn’t matter, you’d be typing in binary code by hand.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

If the OS didn’t matter, you’d be typing in binary code by hand.

Hey, that'd make keyboards less complex and cheaper. The only keys you would need would be 0, 1, Backspace, Delete, Enter, a few directional (arrow) keys, and maybe Escape. Maybe throw in a Ctrl and Alt key as added value so we can use our Delete key to its fullest potential. ;)

It might not be very pleasant to use, though. ;)

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