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Linux and Main: GNOME Ponders "Rewindable" Desktops

Dec 17, 2002, 02:30 (20 Talkback[s])

"Poag's proposal involves a desktop that can go forward and backward in time. 'Of course, the notion of being able to 'go back' and change stuff creates a few interesting problems,' he pointed out. 'You begin forking time. You have parallel threads of linear storage co-existing within the same system, differentiated only by the behaviors exerted by the user. What becomes a 'rewind' from one point of view may turn out to be a 'fast forward' from another. But thats the trick--Since you're no longer dealing with files per se, you lose the concept of a 'version'. There is no such thing as version 1 or version 2 of a document. Its the same document, just represented differently depending on where you are in terms of time. With the notion of a 'file' thrown out the window, you have the freedom to move forward or back within whatever frame of time your system manages to keep.'

"This, he admits, may seem difficult to grasp, let alone implement..."

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