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  Rethinking the Linux Distribution
Subject:   requirements first (2)
Date:   2007-05-14 07:24:33
From:   Kuros
Response to: requirements first

I also have the following thought: The traditional OS is an interface to the PC/System hardware... Is this still the case for "web OS?". In fact what is it the interface to?
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  • requirements first (2)
    2007-05-14 09:16:59  georgebelotsky [View]

    Excellent question. To start with the simplest observation, the traditional OS component does remain -- you need a kernel, for example, on both the client and the server.

    Of course, your question goes deeper than this. Extending the traditional view, the browser together with the server is the platform ("virtual" hardware, if you will) to which the the Web OS provides the interface. For example, imagine some sort of an evolved JavaScript library, together with a content management system. Note that this is early extrapolation from today's technology; the fully mature implementation may use different components.

    It is possible, however, to go even further. Consider the Web OS as an interface between the user, the application code, and the user's data. Regardless of where each component of the application runs, where the user is, and where the data resides, the Web OS can tie all of them together.

    It is important to realize that both the current PC-centric and the older mainframe-centric way of deploying applications have their advantages. Also, subscribing to a monthly service is the best approach in some cases; in others, it is better to manage software locally. What the free Web OS would offer is the ability to mix-and-match all of these models -- component-by-component, vendor-by-vendor, user-by-user, and situation-by-situation.