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Web OS – A new breed of Operating Systems

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WebOS, a new breed of operating systems (“so called”) has been started. But before going into some detail, let me explain you some historical development that lead towards the “invention” of this new breed in high tech world.

The technology developer has always tried to make the Websites more dynamic and attractive. You are witness of the booming age of java applets, Flash and now AJAX. All has added a lot to the websites which ultimately results in to develop advance websites.

Recently I saw a few websites on net like,

These websites showed the trend where the new market is moving on. You can see that every major giant in computer industry is trying to make AJAX based solutions, like the above mentioned sites, which has provided your desktop on the internet, with about 1 GB of storage, built in mail client, chatting client, wallpapers, multimedia players etc. What these sites are expecting? Actually these are facilitating the user to have their ONE desktop, independent to your Operating System, your System. Does not matter how many times you wipe out your OS or get new system, you’ll have your desktop with your important documents and mails stored at one position, accessed from any place in the world.

Impressive enough? Well, the first time when I came to know about one of the sites I was thinking; “wow”. That is great piece of designing and AJAX based coding but will these things able to replace our traditional OS (Windows, Linux, MAC, etc)? Well, the very first answer come to my mind was simply a big “NO!”. Reason; to access these sites we should have at least an Operating System installed on our system, so that we may connect to the internet using our system resources (modem) to access our very “Desktop”. So if we are going to have OS then why should need these websites?

Then I got remember one of the news that I read earlier,
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,121027-page,1/article.html read the article and you’ll find that Intel is already planning to move one step forward to put a sub-operating-system in mother-board chips. This is the beginning, what future can be? May be Intel and Microsoft joins hands to provide mother-boards with build-in OS to avoid piracy and if this will happen then we can use that little OS to use our system resources (modem) to connect to the internet and ultimately to our ONE DESKTOP on internet.

In the above scenario, what you need is OS (built in chips), internet connection and a browser and all the rest will be available on these sites. Like your messenger, mail client, important documents, multimedia player.

Though, these OS, initially, will not be able to solve the need of a professional “developer”, “designer” or “architect” but definitely these OS will help those people who mostly manage documents, have much to do with their emails and just listen to songs.

That was just a thinking that I had about the future after analyzing the web development and hardware trends, may be future will entirely different from what I thought, but I guess it’d definitely have a little piece of my this thinking .

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Written by ..alee

December 19, 2006 at 2:41 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I will say a great article….[:)]

    SheBz

    December 28, 2006 at 12:04 pm

  2. Thanks Shebz 🙂

    alee

    December 29, 2006 at 5:41 am

  3. Hi

    its a nice effert to make things easily understandable… I think u did a great job to try to compose this artical.. Keep it up. as u are always an inspiring personality for atleat me….

    Atieq

    Curious

    January 15, 2007 at 7:54 am

  4. Thanks Atieq and it was really nice to read praises from you. 🙂 keep visiting.

    blackishbubble

    January 15, 2007 at 8:18 am

  5. Grow up… when you just cant think of something better, you start making crap. A good example is the above idea…

    someone

    May 17, 2007 at 1:40 pm

  6. Great effort ali, keep it up. As i look the future trends, I think that Intel and Microsoft might introduce built-in motherboard with OS, but upto what level these PC will gain the interest of users?

    Abrar

    May 17, 2007 at 1:51 pm

  7. Well, its is really a nice article and if its implemented it will be great. But this type of thing needs a real fast internet and servers.

    Few of my old colleagues thought of something similar but also different in many contexts.

    Well lets when this dream come true.

    Muhammad Ali Awais

    May 17, 2007 at 2:41 pm

  8. Ali,

    A very nice article indeed. However, I have some concerns on the mentioned technology.

    One is that you would be needing a very high speed internet connection to use the mentioned type of OS which is a big dependency. Many countries right now is experimenting IT boom but what about those nations which are falling behind in this race.

    Secondly, in case you have no Internet Connection or the link is down from the backbone then you will be sitting idle which can be an issue at most of the times.

    Thirdly, being Software Developers, we extensively work on Client/Server applications and you will agree that these applications have quite a lot of dependencies and they even slow down our latest hardware at times. So, this will also be an issue regarding bandwidth consumption.

    However, if the above issues can be addressed, then certainly we will be living in a new world and can truly access our desktop from wherever we want. I think Masha ALLAH, the way things in technology are progressing, this idea will not take much time.

    Many companies are working on Virtualization Concepts these days. There are quite a lot of Web 2.0 startups each with a unique idea. I also have heard that Microsoft is also working on a similar concept.

    Until the time case, if I survive, I will keep my fingers crossed.

    Haseeb Khan

    May 17, 2007 at 3:52 pm

  9. Very gud article, i read this article long time ago when someone forwarded me and told that a guy from five rivers wrote it, that time i dont know it was you 🙂
    keep it up buddy.

    adnan rashid

    May 18, 2007 at 5:23 am

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