The browser doesn't hold as much interest for me. Firefox/WebKit/Chrome
are all great, but it doesn't seem to matter what tool is used to view
the content - browser or OS - as long as it is adequate.
What scares me more is how to ensure an open cloud? How do open source
and open standards play a role in cloud environments, other than in
enabling their construction? Will we see any deeper adoption of open
source philosophies as opposed to just shallow adoption of open source
How do I get my data out of these remote sites if I become dependent on
them? Can I rely on open APIs staying open? How to stop them becoming
Also, security is an issue. An unpatched single machine is one thing - an
unpatched cloud server is entirely different - much greater bang-per-buck
for would-be crackers.
Then again, perhaps concerns like these are just for the techophiles
amongst us. The average consumer probably doesn't appreciate the
existence of these issues, and could care less even if they did.
Feels like interesting early days for all this stuff.
I do think it is interesting how the pendulum, every few years, swings
from centralised to distributed. It wasn't so long ago I remember Sun and
Oracle pushing the "network computer" concept with Java everywhere...
Perhaps surplus client performance (MIPs, RAM, storage), web technologies
and pervasive broadband are conspiring to provide us with a tipping point?
On Mon, 20 Apr 2009, John P. Looney wrote:
>http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=16590>> Some decent insight here; it's nice to see someone say "vista failed
> because it was irrelevant" rather than "because it was crap". What it might
> also mean is that we don't need to push linux anymore either; it's just an
> OS, and people have long been content with closed source BIOSes. The OS
> matters less and less, as more magic is in the Browser.
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