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Discussion on: The Cloud Is the New OS - A Developer's Perspective

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Owen Far

A nice discussion I would love to have over a coffee! This is something I've been thinking about for many years. Everything will slowly move on the Cloud sooner or later, and it's a matter of time when our OS's will become cloud based. The devices we will use to access the cloud computer will act like a portal or a "shell" device. If something goes wrong with that device - no problem - access everything as it originally was on another device. This is how the future will look like, at least, this is how I imagine it to be. Good read :)

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Esteban Hernández

I don't see myself ever running anything less than a full Linux installation on my computer. Growing up outside of tech hubs, useful internet access is more scarce than oil in this world. And, I assure you that internet providers will keep it that way.

However, what I would like to see is a seamless experience where I, for example, boot up my cheap laptop at a coffee shop, work on something, and then have access to all that work on my home workstation. This can already be achieved but not seamlessly (Git, Docker, etc.)

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Owen Far • Edited

Then I guess you didn't hear about the projects that Google, Facebook, and even SpaceX are all working on. The achievement of a true WWW is closer than we might think, whatever ISPs want/say. In the next decade or so Internet connection will not be the problem anymore, even if you are in the middle of the desert or the ocean. Now whether the offline system is from Microsoft, Linux based, or Apple, it doesn't matter, so you can still have your full-OS if you want. But most people don't care about a full OS, or a Linux based OS, they simply want to use their working tools / productivity apps / entertainment products etc.. and continue going with their life. They only want a simple workable environment, and something that works seamlessly everywhere / anywhere. The best way this can be achieved is if the system is cloud based.

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Esteban Hernández

Those projects by Google, Facebook and that Elon guy are all nice but if history is a teacher, it will be plagued by artificial throttles and pricing schemes that will continue to prevent the expansion of the cloud.

Think about how nobody has access to real cell phone service (at least in the US) since all service providers have artificial throttles and data limits. Remember, back when the internet wasn't quite as fast? We could, at least, use it endlessly. Once we it reached a speed that was truly useful, service providers capitalized on it and nullified the progress that was made.

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Owen Far

Yeah, you have a great point here. I guess living in Europe has its own benefits on some things - sometimes. I don't know, I guess I have high hopes about things getting better on a global scale. Who knows, maybe one day in the future. But as you say, right now with all the limitations this is highly unlikely to happen anytime soon.