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[转载]Another 10 web operating systems reviewed

[转载]Another 10 web operating systems reviewed

原始出处:http://franticindustries.com/blo ... g-systems-reviewed/

Several months have passed since I wrote my original review of 10 WebOS-type applications. Although Google hasn’t really made an (expected) move in this field yet, the topic still spurs a lot of interest, and many new applications have been launched. It’s time to review another 10 web operating systems.

Again, one must take into account that many, if not all, of these applications are in very early stages of development. Some promise to be real competition to desktop OS’s, while some don’t promise anything, standing out there as functional betas without even a word from the developers. Whatever your opinion on the WebOS phenomenon may be, keep in mind that the boundaries, categories and definitions for this article are set rather loosely. For the purpose of this article, just like the first one, a WebOS is defined as virtual operating system that runs in a web browser environement. Don’t like WebOS? Well, call it OnlineOS, or WebTop if you like.

So, here is a review of another 10 functional WebOS’, as well as some additional similar services which show promise but aren’t launched or fully realized yet.

DesktopOnDemand



DesktopOnDemand seems to be the most ambitious service on this list, which is why I was unpleasantly surprised with some very annoying login problems. Simply put, I was unable to login and it took some 10 tries to start the application at all. When it finally did start, it crashed immediately, and I had to restart.

All this is unfortunate, because DesktopOnDemand offers a lot. It is, simply put, Linux, in your web browser. Given the complexity of Linux as opposed to many other apps described here, I won’t go into details - just imagine one of those Live CD Linux distros inside a web browser window. Needless to say, the choice of applications is fantastic, and you can definitely use DOD to do real work, store data (you get 1 GB of storage), browse (anonymously) the Internet etc. The speed is not stellar but it’s bearable, and the stability and functionality is, well, pretty much the same of any light or Live CD Linux distro.

While DesktopOnDemand’s approach obviously offers much more than the competition, there are a couple of things we didn’t like. As opposed to most other services on this list, DOD requires you to download an install an application for it to operate (you can alternatively choose a Java-powered version of DOD which didn’t work for me). This means that it’s not something you can easily and quickly use from any computer, and in some ways it defeats the whole purpose of the concept of a WebOS. This said, I must say that DesktopOnDemand is impressive with some regards and is definitely one to keep an eye on in the future.

G.ho.st



This cryptically named offering (Ghost is short for Global Hosted Operating SysTem) is Flash-based, and it has come a long way since the first time I’ve tried it out. GUI-wise it resembles Windows, but it goes farther than just mimicking its look and feel, offering for examples, animations and fade in/out transitions. The available applications are numerous and quite standard for a WebOS: RSS reader, web browser, notes, clock, search, e-mail reader and instant messenger are some examples. G.ho.st lacks an office suite, but, as G.ho.st’s lead developer Zvi Schreiber told me, “Unlike the other “Web OSs” G.ho.st actually works with leading Web applications like Google docs and Flickr instead of being limited to our own Apps!…” “...G.ho.st actually provides a single sign-in and single file system to add value to those other apps.”

Registered users receive 3GB of free storage, and quite extensive help and support on every step. Instead of files, G.ho.st introduces objects. Here’s a quote from G.ho.st’s website explaining the concept:

“…instead of “Files” we have the more general concept of “Objects” - an Object can be a file hosted at G.ho.st or at a third part like Flickr

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