July 7, 2009

Cloud OS .... hmm? YEAH!

An interesting announcement on  computerworld (the Danish edition) caught my attention the other day. Apparently a Swedish company launched the beta of their web-os. Now web os'es have been around for a long time and though I find the concept appealing, I never really cared enough to sign up for anything else than a test account. On top, last account's I signed up for were loooong time ago, and were based on X-server installations. Pretty neat at the time, but darn slow. Now what I found at http://www.icloud.com/ was different: Responsive, faster, easy to use and nice looking. Tomy surprise, the GUI is not based ot the regular GNU/linux icons and window decorations. Apparently the whole thing runs on something called XIOS - the webpages Q&A provides loads of info for tekkies. But I guess the server OS is not important since the trick is to have the client apps run in the client browser rather than in a traditional host session. Interesting enough for me to sign up and login...

After some 15 seconds of clicking all windows on the 'desktop', I hit F11. BANG! fullscreen pleasure. Cool...

Now all I need is a SD/USB-stick that allows me to quickboot Firefox (3,5 - for speed). Googling got me to http://webconverger.com/.

 Tonight, I will give the combination a test run & see where it gets me. Can't wait...

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