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Leo Babauta makes some excellent points in his piece Firefox OS: Why my hard drive & software are obsolete, and everything he says is correct.

You can indeed do away with your big, power hungry PC. If all you’re doing is browsing and the occasional document – get one of the more powerful thin clients, such as the HP T5700 I have sitting unused in my parts cupboard. So long as it’s running Windows XP Embedded (aka XPe), then you’re good to go. You can enter an administrative mode, and depending on the size of the flash you can add as many applications as you like.

It uses less power (pair it with an LCD for bonus savings), it runs silent, it boots faster, it’s not as prone to viruses and spyware as it’s essentially a sandboxed environment (normally you’re running the OS in read only mode), and it’ll only set you back a few hundred on tardme, if that. You can’t lose.

For your multimedia, plug in your favourite multimedia device and stream from that, or if your internet connection is fast enough and you have a big data cap – stream it across the internet. OR, setup a local NAS device and stream from that, there’s no driver battles that way.

For your gaming, get a console – the Nintendo Wii interface has finally given consoles an interface *nearly* good enough to replace the keyboard and mouse for FPS gaming, plus it’s a bit more social, and you can even get a girl involved – if you can manage to get one through your front door 😉 (yes, I’m going to get a Wii soon)

And if you’re a die-hard linux or BSD fan, you can load either of those onto your thin client too. The only downside, unfortunately, is this path increases your dependance on an internet connection, which is something we arent doing very well here in New Zealand 🙁

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3 replies

  1. Browser based operating systems are an interesting concept, something that I had been following last year. I know its self promotion but have a look at my post:

    My view now is that thin clients are great, browser based operating is not!

    I really don’t understand the push towards browser based applications? I’d much rather have a desktop app which implements a client server architecture through web apps than be forced to use an application within a browser. Not to mention the reliance on a third party for your data. I’m not being paranoid but why give Google all your information when it’s just as easy to keep it local? USB drives are perfect for on the run, browser based operating would be useful for travel but I think thats about it.

    I’d like to see a push towards GNU/Linux based thin clients with application suites. Combine this with a media center type application and you have a very viable home entertainment computer.

    I can see that happening.

  2. There is a big push now back towards the client/server architecture, with the big IT companies chasing “SaaS” (Software as a Service)

    When they did a big presentation on it at work, I was underwhelmed – it’s really just overglorified application delivery eg seamless citrix – stuff we’ve been doing for years now, just repackaged in a “web 2.0”-esque nomenclature (ha! I’ve always wanted to use that word 🙂 )

    I think they should look a step further and utilise a transparent yet seamless delivery system such as Sun’s SGD, which allows you to have a desktop with whatever mix of applications running eg AS400, posix, windows etc applications all running seamlessly on the one desktop, that’s where it needs to head IMHO

    The other thing that I really believe in and is an extension on what you said, is the idea of carrying your profile and even your own desktop with you – go to any computer, plug in a usb stick and voila – you’ve got your OS environment of choice and all your documents etc immediately available. Converge that with a multimedia device and some form of biometrics and you’re on to something – think along the lines of an ipod with a fingerprint reader – plug it in, authenticate, go. There’s advantages – data readiness in an emergency, desktop on a usb stick subverts software keyloggers (handy for travel – icafes etc), and disadvantages such as the hardware MTBF’s and needing to regularly back up/sync your data, but it’s something that should be explored I think. You can get Sandisk usb sticks with fingerprint readers built in… they just need a bit more capacity…

    This comment was written in a bleary eyed state so it might not make my normal level of sentence 🙁