Blake Ross helped make Firefox one of the biggest open-source success stories ever. Just wait until you see what he’s up to now. Ross’s [project] is named Parakey. As he describes it, from a user’s point of view, Parakey is “a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do.” Translation: it makes it really easy to store your stuff and share it with the world. Most or all of Parakey will be open source, under a license similar to Firefox’s. There are differences between the two projects, however. Although Ross plans to incorporate the talents and passions of the free-software community, he’s building Parakey around a for-profit business model. And he’s leading the charge with a simple battle cry: “One interface, not two!”
The Firefox Kid: Blake Ross Working on Parakey Web OS
Submitted by twickline 2006-11-02 OS News 9 Comments
nice article, nice idea
wait and see
Sounds to me like just another Webdesktop. I don’t think browser Technology realy works well for that… every Webdesktop i tryed is realy a big resource-hog.
From reading the article, it appears what he’s creating is a split-resource system that mirrors itself. By doing this, he has generated a cross platform GUI and services (think Firefox) that stores its data in your local personal storage (My Documents, ~/ etc) and then replicates that manipulated data out to a service on the web. That web service then serves up your data to anyone who visits your URL.
It sounds like the difference is the local version uses a platform-independent GUI toolkit, whereas the remote display may make heavy use of xHTML, CSS and all the other fun web technologies to display and allow you to manipulate pages of data.
This project sounds *very* interesting – especially where third party developers can develop plugins that actually incorporate client applications and web interfaces. This is a lot more than just another “web 2.0 mashup” of existing sites or another blog/wiki/CMS product. I look forward to seeing some public / online demos.
Edited 2006-11-02 11:50