I’€™m a dedicated Gmail and Google Calendar user, so while I enjoy Google’€™s products ‘€“ and would love to swap my Windows XP for something leaner and meaner ‘€“ I can’€™t really see a Google OS (that’€™s short for operating system, folks) coming anytime soon.
Some people can, actually a lot of people, but this actual post on Read/WriteWeb was a nice little read. They’€™re tackling the possibility of a Google OS from these three scenarios:
A web based desktop (i.e. operating system) A full featured Linux distribution A lightweight Linux distro and/or BIOS
Now, Web 2.0 lovers out there are preaching about online applications ‘€“ we already have them in Gmail, Spreadsheets and also from other companies than Google, Microsoft will join the fray soon for instance, a telling sign if any. With that in mind, and the possibilities that the next generation of web browsers (post IE7/FF2) might offer, well, then it could become a reality to actually run all your stuff online.
But I don’€™t think so, not anytime soon. Still, it’€™s nice to dream every now and then, isn’€™t it?
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.