At first, you trusted them with your emails. Then it was time for your important documents to be handed over. Soon enough, your entire music and movie collection that switched places. And now your entire personal computer?
No this is not a rant about hackers or viruses, considering they happen on a regular basis and hence demand relatively lesser attention and brooding.
This blog post is about the now trending topic of cloud based operating systems. This is a concept that arose after the observation that most of the personal computer users aren’t really using their machines to ..well..compute. Its mostly a ritual of checking the occasional email, typing a word document,saving a spreadsheet, watching a video and updating status messages on social networks.
With a cloud based operating system, all the user needs or will ever need is a web browser and a broadband connection with a speed count that doesn’t embarrass a snail. The browser acts as a gateway between you and your basic computational demands.
This solves a lot of headaches:
- You can take that money you’ve been saving up to buy the latest version of your existing OS and buy yourself that new dress you’ve always drooled over at the neighborhood mall.Why? Because cloud OSes are free. You can virtually grab a copy online and in a matter of minutes if all goes well, you would be staring at the newest and the fastest and lightest way of computing.
- Should i upgrade my hard disk? Is my current memory sufficient? No and Yes! Since everything runs off the OS provider’s superfast computers and your data is stored on their servers, a bare-minimum no frills laptop is more than sufficient to reproduce data in their full glory.
- With cloud OSes like Google’s Chrome OS updating their builds every passing day, you would soon be able to virtually do anything via. the cloud.
- Hard drive crash? Laptop exploded? Not to worry! You’re data is always safe on the provider’s superfast supersafe servers. You will only have to reinstall the OS and log in with your credentials and voila! you’re back in the game.
So far, its been a visual monopoly of cloud OSes by Google with its Chrome OS which has received quite a warm response especially with the launch of unbelievably cheap laptops called – Chromebooks.
Did you think after seeing all this the makers of the world’s most used browser application would remain silent? No way!
Mozilla has announced a cloud based operating system for mobiles. What’s interesting here, is that it plans to use a slice of rival Google’s popular Android framework as the foundation. Tentatively titled Boot2Gecko (B2G), the OS will be made accessible to all phones irrespective of their native OS including iPhones and Windows mobiles.
Given the exorbitant amounts charged for mobile broadband and 3G access, it will be interesting to see how B2G leverages mobile broadband scarcity over operating efficiency.