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Browser replaces OS

Bill Gates' nightmare
Tue Dec 02 2008, 14:06

THE LINUX Good OS team announced its lean, quick booting 'Cloud' browser-based thin-client computing environment at a Netbook expo in Paris on Monday.

Intended for minimalist netbooks and touchscreen devices, the Gos Cloud boots up in merely a few seconds and replaces the familiar desktop screen with a browser that includes a Mac OS/X-like widgets toolbar. For users who do everything on the web, it could be all they need.

The Gos Cloud isn't meant to completely replace the operating system, however. Instead, it's intended to be easy for users to access quickly for interacting with web-based applications, while being installed alongside a full-fledged operating system – either Linux or Windows XP – to support non-web applications. Its sibling Gos 3.0 is a full-blown Linux operating system.

Bill Gates' mid-1990s fear that the web browser would replace Windows is coming ever closer. µ

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