Linked by David Adams on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 03:47 UTC, submitted by fran
Humor "The world of software is made slightly crazy because of the huge flexibility within any computer language. Once you have absorbed the idea of a compiler written in the language it compiles what else is there left to gawp at? But... a Java Virtual Machine JVM written in JavaScript seems like another level of insanity."
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RE: Browser vs OS
by looncraz on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 08:48 UTC in reply to "Browser vs OS"
looncraz
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2005-07-24

I think we are, eventually, going the route of accessing remote-running applications on a subscription basis.

That way developers handle all maintenance, security, and operating environment. This is the "cloud" concept taken to its logical 'conclusion.' It does have its advantages, particularly in collaborative projects. Version-control systems will need to become much more robust with a nice user-friendly front end as well.

The down-side is the strengthening of the license-model of software and the eventual demise of full-featured computer systems in the mainstream. Soon people will be leasing access to not just their applications, but also their data. Backing up will become a matter of copying your work to your own computer.

That said, however, this model will have a very slow up-take, and it will not be a very obvious transition. Already we are headed this way (look at google apps...).

The good thing about all this, however, is that Windows will begin to lose its strangle-hold as the operating system becomes increasingly less important to the average user - which will allow niche OSes to once again have true staying power and real competitiveness. Of course, we will still end up with interoperability issues within the cloud, however cost of entry to new applications should also be reduced for those who only need access for a single project or two...

Piracy will be a bit more tricky...

I love speculating...

--The loon

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RE[2]: Browser vs OS
by Lennie on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 17:08 in reply to "RE: Browser vs OS"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

This will only work if people can choose where the data is stored.

There is a specification for HTML/JS applications which is gaining traction:

http://unhosted.org/

http://www.w3.org/community/unhosted/wiki/index.php?title=RemoteSto...

The user uses his/her email address to point to the storage provider and logs into the storage provider (ones per browser session) and then the browser based application can talk to the storage provider for storaging the application data.

Think of this as visiting the Google Docs site and saving your document at Yahoo or something like that.

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